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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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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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