Claude Chabrol

Claude Chabrol

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Color of Lies (Au coeur du mensonge) (1999)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% Une partie de plaisir (Pleasure Party) (A Piece of Pleasure) (1976)
  • Birthday: Jun 24, 1930
  • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Widely credited as the founding father of the French Nouvelle Vague movement, Claude Chabrol is responsible for a body of work that is as prolific as it is boldly defined. A master of the suspense thriller, Chabrol approaches his subjects with a cold, distanced objectivity that has led at least one critic to liken him to a compassionate but unsentimental god viewing the foibles and follies of his creations. Inherent in all of Chabrol's thrillers is the observation of the clash between bourgeois value and barely-contained, oftentimes violent passion. This clash gives the director's work a melodramatic quality that has allowed him to drift between the realm of the art film and that of popular entertainment.Born in Paris on June 24, 1930, Chabrol was educated at the University of Paris, where he was a pharmacology student, and at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques. Following some military service, he developed an interest in the cinema and worked for a brief time in the publicity department of 20th Century Fox's French headquarters. Chabrol's true film career began during the 1950s, when he became one of a legendary group of critics for Cahiers du cinéma. Writing alongside the likes of Eric Rohmer (with whom he wrote a groundbreaking study of Alfred Hitchcock), Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, and François Truffaut, Chabrol developed theories of authorship that are still influential today, and attempted to revolutionize the cinematic value system.One of the founders of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) movement, Chabrol began his filmmaking career in 1958 as the director, writer, and producer of Le Beau Serge. Modeled after Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, the film charted the visit of an ailing city-dweller (Jean-Claude Brialy) to his hometown, where he is reunited with his childhood friend (Gérard Blain), who is now a self-pitying alcoholic. Their transference of personal guilt, and then, in the words of Chabrol scholar Charles Derry, "exchange of redemption," gave audiences an initial taste of the deeply-psychological situations Chabrol would continue to examine with chilly objectivity throughout his career, and established him as an important new talent.Chabrol's next film, Les Cousins (1959), proved to be another great critical success, earning a Best Film award at the Berlin Film Festival. Reuniting Jean-Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain as two cousins who are polar opposites, the film continued to develop Chabrol's distanced approach to his subjects, and also introduced the director's use of the names "Charles" and "Paul," names he would continue to use in a number of his films to represent, respectively, the more serious bourgeois man and his pleasure-seeking counterpart. The same year he made Les Cousins, Chabrol released his first color feature, À Double Tour; a crime drama centering on the effects of the murder of a woman upon a dysfunctional family, it contained a measured critique of bourgeois moral values and the social and familial causes of violence.These films, as well as L'Oeil du malin (1962) -- which revolved around another triangle formed by a bourgeois couple and an outsider -- constituted what many critics refer to as the more "personal" works of Chabrol's early period. When they failed to do well at the box office, he turned to more commercial assignments (such as Le Tigre Aime la Chair Fraiche, 1964) that tended to alienate the critics who had championed his previous efforts. The director again won critical favor in 1968 with Les Biches, a psychological drama that addressed one of the central themes of his work, that of an outsider affecting a relationship between two people. The film, which revolved around the intrusion of a man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) upon a lesbian relationship, was a critical success, and heralded a new, more mature phase of Chabrol's career. The film also starred Stéphane Audran, an actress who was both Chabrol's muse and, for a number of years, his wife. That same year, the director r

Highest Rated Movies

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73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life Music Producer $0.3M 2011
89% Inspector Bellamy Screenwriter Director $0.2M 2010
66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) Actor $28.3K 2010
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient Actor 2008
74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) Director Screenwriter $0.5M 2008
No Score Yet Avida Actor 2006
79% Comedy of Power Screenwriter Director 2006
92% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) Screenwriter Director 2004
93% Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque Actor 2004
64% The Flower of Evil Screenwriter Director 2003
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: Monsieur Verdoux Actor 2002
84% Merci pour le chocolat Screenwriter Director 2000
100% The Color of Lies (Au coeur du mensonge) Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet Inspecteur Lavardin Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet Leda (À double tour) Screenwriter Director 1999
69% The Swindle Director Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet Son of Gascogne Actor 1995
93% La Cérémonie (A Judgement in Stone) Director Screenwriter 1995
100% L'Enfer Screenwriter Director 1994
No Score Yet François Truffaut: Portraits volés (François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits) Actor 1994
No Score Yet L'oeil De Vichy Director 1993
No Score Yet Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann Actor 1992
No Score Yet Inspecteur Lavardin Screenwriter Director 1991
73% Madame Bovary Screenwriter Director 1991
No Score Yet Dr. M Director 1990
No Score Yet Jours Tranquils a Clichy Screenwriter Director 1990
80% Story of Women (Une Affaire de Femmes) Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet Je hais les acteurs (I Hate Actors) Lieberman 1988
No Score Yet The Cry Of The Owl (Le Cri du hibou) Director Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Masques (Masks) Screenwriter Director 1987
No Score Yet The Horse of Pride(Le Cheval d'orgueil) Director Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet Poulet au vinaigre (Chicken with Vinegar) (Cop Au Vin) Screenwriter Director 1985
No Score Yet The Blood of Others Director 1984
No Score Yet Polar Theadore Lyssenko 1984
No Score Yet Les voleurs de la nuit (Thieves After Dark) Tartuffe 1983
No Score Yet High Heels Director 1981
No Score Yet Fantomas: l'echafaud magique Director 1980
75% Violette (Violette Nozière) Director 1978
No Score Yet Les Liens de sang (Blood Relatives) Director Screenwriter 1978
No Score Yet L'Animal (Stuntwoman) Himself 1977
No Score Yet Folies Bergere (The Twist) Director 1976
40% Une partie de plaisir (Pleasure Party) (A Piece of Pleasure) Director 1976
No Score Yet Death Rite (Les magiciens) Director Screenwriter 1976
No Score Yet Dirty Hands Screenwriter Director 1975
No Score Yet The Nada Gang Director Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet Les Noces Rouges Screenwriter Director 1973
No Score Yet Ten Days' Wonder Director 1972
100% Le Boucher Director Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Just Before Nightfall (Juste avant la nuit) Director Screenwriter 1971
88% This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure) Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet La Rupture (The Break Up) (The Breach) (Hallucination) Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Wife (La femme infidèle) Director 1969
77% Six in Paris (Paris vu par...) Husband Director 1969
83% Les Biches (Bad Girls) (Girlfriends) (The Does) Screenwriter Director Filmmaker 1968
No Score Yet Who's Got the Black Box? Director Alcibiades 1967
No Score Yet The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (Les plus belles escroqueries du monde) Screenwriter Director 1967
No Score Yet The Champagne Murders (Le Scandal) Director 1967
No Score Yet Ligne de démarcation, La (Line of Demarcation) Director 1966
No Score Yet An Orchid for the Tiger (Le Tigre se parfume à la dynamite) Director 1965
No Score Yet Marie Chantal contre Dr. Kha (Blue Panther) Screenwriter Director 1965
No Score Yet The Third Lover (L'oeil Du Malin) Director Screenwriter 1963
No Score Yet Bluebeard (Landru) Director Actor 1963
No Score Yet Ophélia Director 1962
No Score Yet Seven Deadly Sins Director 1961
No Score Yet Les godelureaux (Wise Guys) Director 1961
80% Les Bonnes Femmes (The Good Girls) Screenwriter Director 1960
85% Paris Belongs to Us (Paris Nous Appartient) Actor 1960
No Score Yet The Love Game (Les jeux de l'amour) Producer 1960
93% Les Cousins Screenwriter Director Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Sign of Leo (Le Signe du lion) Producer 1959
100% Le Beau Serge Screenwriter La Truffe Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet Fool's Mate (Le Coup du Berger) Actor Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Les fantômes du chapelier (The Hatter's Ghost) Director

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