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Le Beau Serge (1958)

Le beau Serge (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 1959 (USA)
Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Gérard Blain ...
Serge
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François Baillou
Michèle Méritz ...
Yvonne
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Marie
Claude Cerval ...
The priest
Jeanne Pérez ...
Madame Chaunier
Edmond Beauchamp ...
Glomaud
André Dino ...
Michel, the doctor
Michel Creuze ...
The baker
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La Truffe
Philippe de Broca ...
Jacques Rivette de la Chasuble
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Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has become a drunkard. Francois now tries to find out what happened to him and tries to help him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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FRF 37,000,000 (estimated)
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This was the first feature film to be directed by Claude Chabrol, who made it in the village which was his birthplace, using local people in small parts. Part of the financing for the film came from an inheritance of his first wife's; later, after a divorce, Chabrol would sometimes jokingly claim that he had married her primarily to use her money for the film. See more »

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Chabrol's First Feature Doesn't Automatically Mean French New Wave Landmark
24 June 2003 | by (Chiba City, Japan) – See all my reviews

Released in a year ahead to the French New Wave landmarks

such as Hiroshima Mon Amour, The 400 Blows, and Breathless,

the first feature of another giant in the movement doesn't really

contain any innovativeness that the others show off. Rather, Le

Beau Serge expresses the modest respect to the directors of older

generations in France; especially there is an obvious similarity

between Le Beau Serge and Bresson's The Diary of Country

Priest. However, like the rest of French New Wave, the film's low

budget attitude loudly speaks the antithesis to the French

mainstream cinema, such as the works of Clement, at the point.

Relationships among main characters randomly oscillate

between friendship and hostility, don't develop, and go nowhere.

Consequently the story can't keep the audience's attention.


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