Claude Chabrol

Claude Chabrol – Merci pour le chocolat (2000) (DVD)

When the young Jeanne finds out that she could have mistakenly been exchanged, from her cradle, with another newborn (the son of a famous piano player), she decides to contact this family, not really thinking that this could be the truth. After she tells this to the presumed father and the rest of the family, even the son of the piano player starts having more than one doubt about his origins, and all this will lead to the discovery of a murder committed many years before by the second wife of the musician. The story is a pretext to dramatize the misdeeds and the hypocrisy of the French upper class members, shown without pity: the coldness between the family members, hidden by a false happiness; the lack of real feelings; the unbearable ‘bon ton’ of the mother, and so on. (IMDb) 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,Jean Douchet, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Eric Rohmer, Jean Rouch – Paris vu par… [+Extras] (1965)

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Description: Six vignettes set in different sections of Paris, by six directors. St. Germain des Pres (Douchet), Gare du Nord (Rouch), Rue St. Denis (Pollet), and Montparnasse et Levallois (Godard) are stories of love, flirtation and prostitution; Place d’Etoile (Rohmer) concerns a haberdasher and his umbrella; and La Muette (Chabrol), a bourgeois family and earplugs. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – Madame Bovary (1991)

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In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire marries a dull country doctor Charles Bovary. To escape boredom, she throws herself into love affairs with a suave local landowner and a law student, and runs up ruinous debts. This film version closely follows Flaubert’s novel and includes most of the famous scenes, such as the wedding, the ball, the agricultural fair, the operation on the clubfoot, and the opera in Rouen. (IMDb) 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 »