Le Beau Serge (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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I believe "Le Beau Serge" was Chabrol's first feature film. He later went on to make another feature "Les Cousins" which might be intended to complement "Le Beau Serge". Chabrol engaged actors Jean-Claude Brialy and Gerald Blain for both films with their roles and situations reversed. I first saw "Les Cousins" before "Le Beau Serge". Jean-Claude Brialy, being a brilliant actor that he was, gave out a stellar performance in both films.Read more ›
Secondly -- This picture seems like a companion piece / bookend to Chabrol's second feature, "Les Cousins", in which Gérard Blain and Jean-Claude Brialy are once again cast as the leads. However -- "Les Cousins" exhibits a big leap forward in Chabrol's style -- It offers up some verve in terms of its sophistication and polish. It is obvious that Chabrol learned a lot from "Le Beau Serge" and applied that knowledge to "Les Cousins".Read more ›
Truffaut and Godard's early works are full of an iconoclastic energy and hugely charismatic stars playing characters who seem to be reinventing life while Chabrol's early efforts are about the impossibility of escaping our connections to the past, in this case our provincial past.
In Le Beau Serge a young cosmopolitan named Francois returns to his country village after being away for ten years. Even though he finds that his old friend Serge and the locals do not really want him there he stays perhaps as much out of a sense of guilt as out of a sense of compassion for Serge and the other villagers who at least in Francois's view seem to have resigned themselves to fates that are somehow beneath them and this is precisely the kind of condescension that annoys everyone when Francois comes around. Even though at the beginning of the film we think this is going to be a story of Serge's redemption by storys end we see that it is a story of Francois' redemption as well. The fates of Francois and Serge seem to be intertwined in some not altogether explainable way.
In Les Cousins, Chabrols second film, a country boy ventures to the city to live with his more sophisticated cousin only to find that he'll never be able to escape the provincial world that formed him. But again the fates of the two cousins seem to be intertwined in some inexplicable way.
The fact that both of Chabrol's first two films star the same two actors in very similar symbiotic relationships reinforces the idea that these two films are to be viewed together.Read more ›
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Monsieur Chabrol's first feature film is entirely impressive.
His early directorial genius is lucky enough to have utilized the dazzling, acting abilities of the handsome... Read more
When discussion is brought up among cinema peers of nouvelle vague (The French New Wave), its easy to think of names such as Francois Truffau, Jean-Luc Goard, Eric Rohmer, Jacques... Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith
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