Can We Talk About Claude Chabrol?

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So I far I’ve seen six of his films and have enjoyed them all to varying degrees. I’ve got several more sprinkled throughout my netflix cue. My current fave is A Double Tour, an ensemble whodunit from ’59 that comes off as a dry run for his later works (picturesque scenic locales, storylines centering on bourgeoisie jealousy and revenge, attractive casts). My top three is rounded out by Les Bonnes Femmes and Les Biches. The only newer one I caught is Merci Pour le Chocolat, but that will soon change.

C. Grisso/McCain, Thursday, 10 May 2007 16:44 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

I guess we couldn't. Anyway, I watched Story of Women this afternoon and it's a new favorite. I've got The Butcher, Comedy of Power, The Swindle, Violette, and Who's Got The Black Box? scattered through my netflix queue. I've already seen The Unfaithful Wife and This Man Must Die, and I'd love to see his first two, Le Beau Serge and Les Cousins, but sadly they are not yet on DVD. Are there any others I should check out? The man's made alotta movies.

C. Grisso/McCain, Thursday, 19 July 2007 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Betty: Brilliant
Comedy of Power: Not so much

C. Grisso/McCain, Monday, 14 July 2008 22:32 (eleven years ago) link

he's a bit chilly but has his moments.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 16:10 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

pour one out

The sulky expression from the hilarious "Aubrey Plaza" persona (history mayne), Sunday, 12 September 2010 09:55 (nine years ago) link

aw bugger

Shit Cat and Party (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 12 September 2010 09:58 (nine years ago) link

Props to whichever nob-bag has redirected Cop au vin to a page entitled "Chicken with Vinegar".

Shit Cat and Party (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 12 September 2010 09:59 (nine years ago) link

Dave Kehr's obit.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 September 2010 16:13 (nine years ago) link

RIP

Private trivia: The Swindle & Le beau serge were the first movies I watched after Hurricane Ike.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 17:42 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

I saw The Ceremony tonight. I think it's only my second Chabrol film. I said to my friend afterwards that, if it'd been a Roger Corman film, it would've been called Homicidal Lesbians, with more blood, some gratuitious nudity, and no subtitles. She's very serious about French films--I don't think she saw quite as much overlap as I did.

clemenza, Saturday, 19 March 2011 04:32 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

My favorites are Les Bonnes Femmes, La Rupture and Les Biches.

MrDasher, Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:56 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Le Rupture wavers when Jean-Pierre Cassel and his airhead girlfriend aim for farce in a movie of their own; and I'm not sure Stephane Audran can play "sensitive." Bunuel confirmed his casting genius by arranging them as husband and wife in The Discreet Charm...

is The Cry of the Owl any good?

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 19 September 2011 23:07 (eight years ago) link

watched a girl cut in two last wkend. tbf i would watch ludivine sagnier knit for 2 hrs but this was not v compelling imo. the stanford white scandal its at least loosely based on seems pretty lurid & interesting so im not exactly sure why its so dull. can only assume thats an intentional choice. its the only chabrol ive seen

johnny crunch, Monday, 19 September 2011 23:25 (eight years ago) link

I'm amazed I'd seen six by the time I'd started this thread. I joined netflix in late 2006 and had to have done a Chabrol a month.

The Criterion discs drop today.

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 06:27 (eight years ago) link

Seeing Les Bonnes Femmes tomorrow! So psyched.

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Saturday, 24 September 2011 03:26 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

'les bonnes femmes' is really good

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:27 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

Le Rupture wavers when Jean-Pierre Cassel and his airhead girlfriend aim for farce in a movie of their own; and I'm not sure Stephane Audran can play "sensitive."

― Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, September 19, 2011 7:07 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is def fair but i liked that bumbling/odd element & it all didnt feel out of place to me; it makes sense that cassels character would resort to some bizarre scheme and ultimately screw it up, partly just cuz it was a p bad plan

johnny crunch, Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:00 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

the bridesmaid (04) is p good -- is best not to say too much but it def does nothing to detract from comparisons 2 hitchcock, hes even p playful w/ the genre here; plus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Smet is gorg + her perf is spot on

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 June 2014 01:26 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

watched http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasure_Party

it's p insidiously ugly & tough to watch idk imo it doesn't work standing on its own, the backstory of gegauff own lifestory is necessary to know; supposedly gegauff thought by making this, owning up to his flaws, etc hed be able to win back his 1st wife irl O_O

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:28 (four years ago) link

the dvd has a great commentary w/ ric manello & dan yakir, who sez a certain scene (you'll know what it is if you've seen it) is the most disturbing he's maybe ever watched, and ric agrees

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 17:07 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

I guess i shd go to 35mm screening of La Rupture tonight? r1 DVD impossible to watch w/out buying.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:31 (three years ago) link

It was a pleasure to rewatch Les Biches, The Color of Lies and The Unfaithful Wife in June.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:37 (three years ago) link

I know I watched La Rupture on DVD in 2011 on a so-so print (Netflix).

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:38 (three years ago) link

'French archival print' was per b.o. sign a 16mm with "noisy soundtrack," so i reluctantly passed.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 December 2015 19:37 (three years ago) link

young chabrol briefly pops up in footage in the hitch/Truffaut doc, kindof a trip to see him

gonna prob watch 'story of women' sometime soon

johnny crunch, Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:24 (three years ago) link

The domestic DVDs of the late '60s/early '70s Chabrols from Pathfinder are pretty iffy transfer-wise.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 17 December 2015 22:29 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

RIP Stephane Audran

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:35 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

This "odd, off-putting" whatzit is screening in NYC tonight. Perkins, Piccoli, and Welles are quite a trio.

https://www.cinepassion.org/Reviews/t/TenDaysWonder.html

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 15:33 (eleven months ago) link

yea i read in passing somewhere itll be avail somewhere streaming too but couldnt find more deets

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:53 (eleven months ago) link

nine months pass...

can we do a proper S & D for Chabrol?

I've seen

Les Cousins
Le Boucher
Le Beau Serge

flappy bird, Friday, 13 September 2019 05:27 (two months ago) link

La Ceremonie with Huppert and Bonnaire is a tasty late one.

The Perkins-Welles film mentioned above is a weirs one worth seeing if you can track it down.

La Femme Infidele is certainly better than Adrian Lyne's remake. I think I liked Les Bonnes Femmes too.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:19 (two months ago) link

i have never seen a bad chabrol. the last one i saw and enjoyed was this man must die.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 14 September 2019 18:40 (two months ago) link

Wait til you get to the '80s. He's one of my Nouvelle Vague faves but he made some clunkers.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 15 September 2019 06:59 (two months ago) link

BETTY: yes?

flappy bird, Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:48 (two months ago) link

YES!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 15 September 2019 23:12 (two months ago) link

yes indeed

flappy bird, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 05:18 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Wait til you get to the '80s. He's one of my Nouvelle Vague faves but he made some clunkers.

― Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:59 AM (three weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

how much of the 80s? The Cry of the Owl, from 87, is great

flappy bird, Monday, 7 October 2019 04:38 (one month ago) link

Less affaires des femmes is great, made some great ones with Isabelle huppert in the '80s and '90s. La ceremonie is my favourite.

plax (ico), Monday, 7 October 2019 07:34 (one month ago) link

Not all the huppert ones are gold, I think he takes after Hitchcock in a another key way: he doesn't have a key period, he makes clunkers and gems all the way through.

plax (ico), Monday, 7 October 2019 07:35 (one month ago) link

I also love les biches and I can never understand why it isn't more famous as a camp classic.

plax (ico), Monday, 7 October 2019 07:36 (one month ago) link

'80s clunkers from memory: Le Sang des autres, Le cri du hibou, Jours Tranquilles à Clichy, maybe one of the Inspecteur Lavardin flicks...

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 7 October 2019 07:48 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Champagne Murders?

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 October 2019 20:19 (four weeks ago) link


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