Tag Archives: Claude Chabrol

Claude Chabrol – Bellamy AKA Inspector Bellamy (2009)

Synopsis:
As every year, chief inspector Paul Bellamy spends a few days with his wife Françoise in the family house in Nîmes. Jacques, Paul’s stepbrother, turns up unawares, which is bad news since the fellow is an alcoholic good for nothing. Also annoying is this stranger at bay who asks Bellamy for protection. Farewell peaceful holiday! Read More »

Claude Chabrol – Au coeur du mensonge AKA The Color of Lies (1999)

After a ten-year-old girl is raped and murdered in a small Brittany town suspicion soon falls on René Sterne, an art teacher who was the last person to see the girl alive. Sterne was once a celebrated artist but he has fallen on hard times and lives with his wife, a nurse whose outgoing personality is the opposite to his own. The only person who is convinced that Sterne is not the killer is Vivianne, the local doctor. Frédérique Lesage, the police officer leading the murder investigation, thinks otherwise. The sudden arrival of a self-loving television journalist, Germain-Roland Desmot, stirs things up even more. It isn’t long before Sterne begins to doubt his own sanity… Read More »

Claude Chabrol – La cérémonie AKA A Judgement in Stone [Carlotta 4K Restoration] (1995)

A newly hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk who encourages her to rebel against her employers. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – Merci pour le chocolat AKA Nightcap (2000)

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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. All this will lead to the discovery of dark family secrets and the unveiling of the misdeeds and the hypocrisy of the French upper class members. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – Les cousins (1959)

Synopsis:
Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul’s flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy, a disillusioned pleasure-seeker, always dragging along with other idles, while Charles is a plodding, naive and honest man. He fell in love with Florence, one of Paul’s acquaintances. But how will Paul react to that attempt to build a real love relationship ? One of the major New Wave films. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – Rien ne va plus AKA The Swindle (1997)

Synopsis:
Con artists Victor (Michel Serrault) and Betty (Isabelle Huppert) are a perfect team when it comes to cheating gamblers out of their winnings. But Betty, who’s a master of the art of seduction, has a bigger scheme in mind: double-crossing bagman Maurice Biagini (François Cluzet) out of millions of Swiss francs that belong to organized crime. While it sounds like an airtight plan, Victor — no fool when it comes to matters of deception — suspects a double cross. Read More »

Claude Chabrol – L’avarice [Les sept péchés capitaux] (1961)

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“L’Avarice” was Chabrol’s contribution to the 1962 French/Italian omnibus film LES SEPT PÉCHÉS CAPITAUX (which also featured contributions from de Broca, Jacques Demy, Sylvain Dhomme, Max Douy, Jean-Luc Godard, Eugène Ionesco, Edouard Molinaro, and Roger Vadim) in which a group of twenty-five engineering students put hold a lottery to pick who gets to spend a 50,000 franc evening with a beautiful prostitute. The film was photographed in Franscope by Jean Rabier (Henri Decae’s camera operator on LE BEAU SERGE and LES COUSINS.)
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