Claude Chabrol

Claude Chabrol – Les cousins (1959)

In Les cousins, Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world. A mirror image of Le beau Serge, Chabrol’s debut, Les cousins recasts that film’s stars, Jean-Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain, in startlingly reversed roles. This dagger-sharp drama won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was an important early entry in the French New Wave. (-Criterion) Read More »

Claude Chabrol – La femme infidèle AKA The Unfaithful Wife (1969)

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Charles Desvalles (Michel Bouquet) becomes suspicious that his wife Helene (Stephane Audran) is having an affair. Charles hires a private detective who comes up with the
name of Victor Pegala (Maurice Ronet) and then goes off to confron his wife’s lover. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – L’Ivresse du pouvoir AKA A Comedy of Power (2006)

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AMG: Claude Chabrol’s Comedy of Power stars Isabelle Huppert as a French judge who attempts to bring down the very powerful but corrupt CEO of a large corporation. As she digs deeper into the case, she uncovers criminal activity that stretches into the highest levels of government, and her life is turned upside down by death threats as well as her sudden celebrity. The film follows as her career affects her family. Loosely based on real events, Comedy of Power had its North American debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – À double tour aka Leda [Composite BD/DVD Cut] (1959)

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Storyline: Leda, the flirt of Monsieur Marcoux is murdered. His wife and the police think, that the murderer was the milk-man, the friend of the maid, but Marcoux’ daughter’s fiance Lazo, who is aware of the corrupt situation in that family doesn’t agree with them. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – Alice ou la dernière fugue aka Alice or The Last Escapade (1977)

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Alice, fleeing her boring boyfriend, arrives at a mysterious house which turns out very difficult to leave. A dreamlike cross between Alice in Wonderland and a Borges story – a veritable garden of forking paths. Quite unusual for Chabrol and little known today, but deserving a re-discovery. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – Le boucher (1970)

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Synopsis:
During a wedding celebration in a small rural French village, schoolteacher Helene (Stephane Audran) strikes up a conversation with the local butcher Popaul (Jean Yanne), who has just returned from a fifteen year spell in the army. As their unlikely friendship blossoms into a tentative courtship, the town falls victim to a serial killer preying on the women of the village. Just as Helene finds herself falling for Popaul, she simultaneously begins to suspect him of being the murderer. As the tension builds, the truth is revealed, leading to an explosive climax. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – La demoiselle d’honneur aka The Bridesmaid (2004)

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A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister’s bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is.

Quote:
the bridesmaid (First Run) Going to a new Chabrol film these days is like sitting down with an old friend who will tell you another one of his stories. Chabrol has been making films since 1958: the latest of his more than fifty features is The Bridesmaid, and another one has already been finished. He has co-written or co-adapted many of his pictures, and he has also played bit parts in some of them (as well as in the films of others). I have seen a lot of Chabrol’s films, and many others must share my sense that much of my filmgoing life is threaded throughout with his work. He has always been a director who felt that moving ahead was at least as important as polishing a single work. Read More »