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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Betty: Brilliant
Comedy of Power: Not so much

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

he's a bit chilly but has his moments.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 16:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

pour one out

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

aw bugger

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dave Kehr's obit.

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

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

MrDasher, Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

Seeing Les Bonnes Femmes tomorrow! So psyched.

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

one year passes...

'les bonnes femmes' is really good

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:27 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

'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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

two years pass...

RIP Stephane Audran

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink


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