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Les cousins (The Criteron Collection) [Blu-ray] (1959)

Gerard Blain , Jean-Claude Brialy , Claude Chabrol  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Gerard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Juliette Mayniel, Guy Decomble, Genevieve Cluny
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Format: Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0056ANHQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin

A 2011 documentary by filmmaker Pierre-Henri Gibert about the making of Les cousins, featuring director Claude Chabrol, star Stéphane Audran, assistant directors Charles Bitsch and Claude de Givray, and others

New and improved English subtitle translation

Theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty


Editorial Reviews

In Les cousins, Claude Chabrol (Les bonnes femmes) crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a piercing, darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world. A mirror image of Le beau Serge, Chabrol’s debut, Les cousins recasts that film’s stars, Jean-Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain, in startlingly reversed roles. This dagger-sharp drama won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was an important precursor to the French New Wave.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love triangle of the fifties April 1, 2009
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A story of French cousins-students sharing a passion to a girl, where the sexier is the luckier, which finished in a tragedy of not accepting a way reality presented.
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