Claude Chabrol

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Claude Chabrol
Claude Henri Jean Chabrol
BirthplaceSardent, France
director, actor, producer, screenwriter

Chabrol, Claude

(klōd shäbrōl`), 1930–2010, French filmmaker, b. Paris, attended Univ. of Paris. One of the creators of the French "new wave" cinema of the 1950s and 60s, he and such other future film greats as Eric RohmerRohmer, Eric,
1920–2010, French film director and writer, b. Jean-Marie Maurice Schérer. He was a founder (1950) of La Gazette du cinéma, cowrote (1957) a study of Alfred Hitchcock, and edited (1957–63) the influential journal
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, Jean-Luc GodardGodard, Jean-Luc
, 1930–, French film director and scriptwriter, b. Paris. He wrote criticism for a number of Parisian cinema journals in the early 1950s before embarking on his filmmaking career. Godard is probably the most influential of the French New Wave directors.
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, and François TruffautTruffaut, François
, 1932–84, French film director and critic. Known in his early 20s as a writer for the influential French film journal Cahiers du Cinéma,
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 wrote film criticism for the influential journal Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s. With Rohmer, he wrote a biography of Alfred Hitchcock (1957, tr. 1979). In 1958 he made his first film, Le Beau Serge, which he wrote, produced, and directed. Its dark themes of mystery, violence, and obsession became characteristic of many of his films and reflect the influence of Alfred HitchcockHitchcock, Sir Alfred,
1899–1980, English-American film director, writer, and producer, b. London. Hitchcock began his career as a director in 1925 and became prominent with The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938).
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. This film and the subsequent Les Cousins (1959) are often cited as the first examples of France's new wave movement. In his films Chabrol also explored themes of class and sexuality, often satirizing France's bourgeois tradition, and he developed an elegantly cool and distant style leavened by a sly humor. Among the other works of his early and most successful period are Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), Les Biches (1968), La Femme Infidèle (1969), and This Man Must Die (1969). Extremely prolific, during the 1960s and 70s he averaged two or three works a year. Later highlights of his more than 60 films include the Hitchcockian Le Boucher (1970), Wedding in Blood (1973), Blood Relations (1978), the highly acclaimed Story of Women (1988), Madame Bovary (1991), L'Enfer (1993), the extremely successful thriller La Cérémonie (1995), Merci pour le chocolat (2000), The Bridesmaid (2004), A Girl Cut in Two (2007), and the suspenseful Bellamy (2009), his last film.


See studies by R. Wood and M. Walker (1970) and G. Austin (1999).

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From Francois Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Agnes Varda, and Louis Malle, to Claude Miller, Nicolas Philibert, Francis Weber, Christophe Gans, and Ismael Ferroukhi, the deroulement is more or less historical, moving from 1959 (Les 400 Coups) to 2004 (Le Grand Voyage).
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Prix d'Interpretation a Cannes pour son role dans Violette Noziere de Claude Chabrol, elle tourne des lors avec les cineastes les plus exigeants en France (Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Benoit Jacquot) comme a l'etranger (Michael Cimino, Andrzej Wajda, Marco Ferreri, Joseph Losey).
Indeed, by reading the hundreds of articles that Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, and Francois Truffaut left us, it is hard to believe that this immensely influential trend in film criticism can be reduced to a plea to value the director more than any other creative source implied in filmmaking.
The montage of attractions is intermittently interrupted by a title card and the voice of Godard bestowing credit on friends Francois Truffaut (for the screenplay) and Claude Chabrol (as technical adviser), as well as identifying himself and the movie's stars.
The festival has a line-up of 80 contemporary films from more than 50 countries, which will be screened including feature films by renowned Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, French director Claude Chabrol as well as films of Indian actor Smita Patil.
At the time of filming, she was married to another legendary director, the now late Claude Chabrol, and had been a mother for nearly a decade.
A total of 90 screenings have been scheduled, ranging from the latest Gerard Depardieu (Dumas) and Laetitia Casta (Behind the Walls) films to a retrospective of Claude Chabrol films.
Godard worked from scenarios written by both Rohmer and Truffaut; whilst Claude Chabrol (through his production company AJYM Films) often served as a producer for his colleagues.
In late the 1940s and early 1950s, the young Schrer''s interest in films brought him into contact with Jean-Luc Godard, Franois Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol.
For over 30 years, MK2 presents its own production in the most prestigious international festivals and exports all over the world many films by confirmed French directors such as Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Jacques Doillon, Olivier Assayas, Abdelatif Kechiche as well as famous respected international directors like Krzysztof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Gus van Sant, Michael Haneke.
THE MOVIE: La Ceremonie, 1996, starring Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, and Jean-Pierre Cassel, and directed by Claude Chabrol.