Les cousins (The Criteron Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty
Top Customer Reviews
As a fan of both Wagner as well as the German language, the "Candelbra Scene" works for me regardless of its contextual validity. The excerpts from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" are used to great effect in this film -- Particularly during the Final Sequence (Chapter 20).Read more ›
I would not call Le Beau Serge or Les Cousins Chabrol masterpieces but they are very worthy early efforts. The strengths of these two films would be their stylish plots and complex characters, the weakness would be the overly-theatrical staginess of some of the dialogue and scenes.
The plot (I do not reveal any of the twists or turns):
Provincial Charles comes to Paris to live with his playboy cousin Paul and almost immediately writes a letter to his mother who we soon find out was reluctant to allow him to study in Paris and who he desperately fears disappointing. Both Charles and Paul are supposed to be studying for their exams but all Paul does is party with a wide assortment of decadent sophisticates who all seem to be drawn to his natural magnetism that he seems to have inherited from a world traveling father. Paul embraces life in his way, while all Charles seems to do is worry and write letter after letter to his mother. Paul seems to like his country cousin and Charles seems intrigued by Paul's social charm and carefree lifestyle. Paul is comfortable around everyone but Charles just doesn't seem comfortable around anyone or anything except books, or so it seems (but nothing is really as it seems in this film).Read more ›
Mr. Chabrol's style is lyrical and surely ironic reminding of the great stories of his compatriot, Guy de Maupassant. I don't consider him Hitchcockian (as what other people see) but
true to the vein of Godard and Truffaut, directors who tackle
serious moral dilemmas set against oppressive surroundings.
In this movie there's no villain or hero but only the painful play of
chance and fate. And to me I learn one lesson (not to fool around with guns?) that I must never attempt a malicious action towards someone lest it boomerangs on me; at any rate,
this movie is not just a morality tale but an extremely entertaining, marvellous masterpiece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this Claude Chabrol film to be a bit boring and stuck. Perhaps in 1959 he was still finding his legs as I really enjoy his later work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by TheStickerKid
This is one of the nouvelle vague movie that was formidable in 1964 the first time i saw it. Still is.Published 20 months ago by Adolfo Gomez
Paul is a dissolute urban beatnik with a slimy friend, Clovis. When Paul gets a girl pregnant, he buys her an abortion. He's going to corrupt his country mouse cousin. Right? Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by librich
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