Le Beau Serge [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [French] [1958]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New audio commentary featuring Guy Austin, author of Claude Chabrol
  • Claude Chabrol: Mon premier film, a documentary by Francis Girod on the making of Le beau Serge, featuring interviews with Chabrol and actor Jean-Claude Brialy
  • Segment from a episode of the French television series L'invité du dimanche in which Chabrol revisits Sardent, the town he grew up in and Le beau Serge's location
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis

Le Beau Serge
Le Beau Serge was the first film of French critic-turned-director Claude Chabrol. Though not a murder melodrama, the film is heavily influenced by the works of Chabrol's idol Alfred Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt in particular. Ailing city dweller Francois (Jean-Claude Brialy) makes a therapeutic return visit to his home town in the country. Here he visits childhood friend Serge (Gerard Blain), and is appalled to find how far Serge has plummeted into alcoholism and self-pity. The two protagonists indulge in a transference of personal guilt, then an "exchange of redemption" (to quote Chabrol chronicler Charles Derry). Highly influential in the French New Wave movement of the 1950s, Le Beau Serge has something very special to say about the care and nurturing of friendship, especially one that has dimmed with distance and time. Both male stars, as well as leading lady Bernadette Lafont, would continue working with director Chabrol for the remainder of his career. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gérard Blain
    Gérard Blain - Serge
  • Jean-Claude Brialy
    Jean-Claude Brialy - Francois
  • Bernadette Lafont
    Bernadette Lafont - Marie
  • Image coming soon
    Edmond Beauchamp - Glomaud
  • Claude Cerval
    Claude Cerval - The priest
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