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Claude Chabrol RIP [Sep. 13th, 2010|10:27 am]
Tony Grist
Claude Chabrol made nearly 60 films- and that's not counting his television work. The French revere their film makers- and won't let them go into retirement. Chabrol's last movie came out last year. His surviving contemporaries- members of that great generation that remade world cinema- Godard, Resnais, Varda, Rivette- are all still working.

I've seen 7 of those 60 films. To have the leisure and space to sit down and watch them all- from Le Beau Serge(1958) to Bellamy (2009) would be heavenly. His films are very Gallic, very cold and contemptuous- and frequently based on English detective novels. He is lazily tagged as the French Hitchcock, but his atmospheres are quite different and he is more interested than Hitchcock ever was in the evisceration of the bourgeoisie- otherwise known as social realism.  The chatter of the boulevards has it that his best work was done in the 60s and 70s- after which he rather eased up on the pedals- but the chatter of the boulelvards is often wrong. My favourite Chabrol is Les Noces Rouges (1973) with Michel Piccoli and Stephane Audran as a couple of provincial blockheads in the grip of l'amour fou.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2010-09-13 04:19 pm (UTC)
I've seen 7 of those 60 films. To have the leisure and space to sit down and watch them all- from Le Beau Serge(1958) to Bellamy (2009) would be heavenly.

I have never seen anything by Chabrol. I will have to remedy that.

I wonder if he's the director I think should have made Vertigo.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-09-13 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure Chabrol himself would have liked to have made Vertigo.

According to Wikipedia, Hitchcock once told Chabrol (in so many words), "Whenever I see two ice cubes in my glass I think of you and Truffaut". This referred back to an incident when- dazed at having spent quality time in the great man's company- the two French cineastes wandered by mistake into a fountain.
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From: algabal
2010-09-13 07:44 pm (UTC)
He's probably the only "New Wave" director I can stand.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-09-13 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'm partial to a bit of Godard myself. And I love Rivette.
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