The Inspector Lavardin Collection [2 Discs] [DVD]

This release contains a twin-pack of Inspector Lavardin thrillers from director Claude Chabrol - Chicken With Vinegar and Inspector Lavardin - as well as two episodes of a series about the character directed by Chabrol as well.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary by film critics Wade Major and Andy klein
  • Inspector Lavardin television specials
  • New essay by critic Peter Tonguette


Inspecteur Lavardin
Inspecteur Lavardin is a mellow, take-your-time Claude Chabrol effort of the 1980s, partly financed by French television. Jean Poiret had previously played the role of Inspector Jean Lavardin in the 1984 Chabrol film Poulet au Vinaigre (aka Cop au Vin). This story is built completely around the Lavardin character. The good inspector travels to a small coastal town to investigate the puzzling death of a well-known writer. In the course of his probings, Lavardin inadvertently uncovers several skeletons -- the kind that people keep hidden in their closets. Chabrol co-wrote the screenplay of Inspecteur Lavardin with Dominque Roulet. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Le Dossiers Secrets de L'Inspecteur Lavardin: Danger Lies in the Words
Poulet Au Vinaigre
In a routine murder mystery based on a novel by Dominique Roulet, a cruel, wheelchair-bound invalid (Stephane Audran) who consistently terrorizes her teen son Louis (Lucas Belvaux) into abject obedience, is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project. The three men are comprised of a butcher (Jean-Claude Bouillaud), a doctor (Jean Topart), and a notary (Michel Bouquet). Louis is a postal worker who is fending off the attentions of Henriette at the office (Pauline Lafont), and brings his mother all the mail scheduled for their trio of enemies, whereupon she steams it open and keeps herself informed about their plans. In retaliation for their attempts to seize his home, young Louis pours sugar into the butcher's gas tank which ultimately causes a fatal accident, and in fact, the doctor's wife has also died in a car accident. And now the notary's mistress is missing. Enter, at last, the imperious and heavy-handed Inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) to finally go after the clues and the suspects until the case is solved. He succeeds admirably, and as a consequence, appears on his own in 1985's Inspector Lavardin. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Le Dossiers Secrets de L'Inspecteur Lavardin: L'Escargot Noir

Cast & Crew

  • Jean Poiret
    Jean Poiret - Inspector Jean Lavardin
  • Jean-Claude Brialy
    Jean-Claude Brialy - Claude Alvarez
  • Bernadette Lafont
    Bernadette Lafont - Helene Mons
  • Jacques Dacqmine
    Jacques Dacqmine - Raoul Mons
  • Jean-Luc Bideau
    Jean-Luc Bideau - Max Charnet
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