Le Beau Serge (1959)
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Le Beau Serge was the first film of French critic-turned-director Claude Chabrol. Though not a murder melodrama, the film is heavily influenced by the works of Chabrol's idol Alfred Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt in particular. Ailing city dweller Francois (Jean-Claude Brialy) makes a therapeutic return visit to his home town in the country. Here he visits childhood friend Serge (Gerard Blain), and is appalled to find how far Serge has plummeted into alcoholism and self-pity. The two protagonists
Jan 1, 1958 Wide
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It presents a bleak, beautifully observed picture of provincial life, later revisited to even more stunning effect in Le Boucher.
An important new French director, Claude Chabrol, is unveiled in this pic.
It has a certain fascination as Chabrol's first practical (as opposed to critical) encounter with mise en scene.
Part mock-neorealist homoerotic foxtrot, part obsessively symmetrical Cahiers du Cinéma analysis of Hitchcock's I Confess
Whether or not (it) was the start of the New Wave, it was the start of Chabrol.
Le Beau Serge received overwhelming critical approval of its use of non-professional actors, raw black-and-white photography (masterfully executed by Henri Decae), and personal vision.
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