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Claude Chabrol (writer)
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Release Date:
January 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(29 articles)
Lift To The Scaffold is a glittering jewel of 50s French film-making
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 2 February 2014, 11:50 PM, PST)

Leeds festival to open with Gravity
 (From ScreenDaily. 8 October 2013, 3:48 AM, PDT)

R.I.P. French actress Bernadette Lafont
 (From The AV Club. 1 August 2013, 10:40 AM, PDT)

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Impressive Debut from a very talented director, even though it may not exactly be 'New Wave' See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Gérard Blain ... Serge

Jean-Claude Brialy ... François Baillou
Michèle Méritz ... Yvonne
Bernadette Lafont ... Marie
Claude Cerval ... The priest
Jeanne Pérez ... Madame Chaunier
Edmond Beauchamp ... Glomaud
André Dino ... Michel, the doctor
Michel Creuze ... The baker

Claude Chabrol ... La Truffe
Philippe de Broca ... Jacques Rivette de la Chasuble
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Dourdet ... (uncredited)
Géo Legros ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Chabrol  writer

Produced by
Claude Chabrol .... producer
Roland Nonin .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Émile Delpierre 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Jacques Gaillard 
 
Makeup Department
Lucette Deuss .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean Cotet .... production manager
Jean Lavie .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles L. Bitsch .... assistant director
Philippe de Broca .... assistant director
Claude de Givray .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jean Labussière .... boom operator
Jean-Claude Marchetti .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Bouladoux .... key grip
André Dino .... still photographer
Pierre Ginet .... assistant camera
Alain Levent .... assistant camera
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Gisèle Chézeau .... assistant editor
Janine Oudoul .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Bob Amon .... exporter
André Bouladoux .... machinery
René Limat .... effects
Roland Nonin .... accountant
Jacqueline Parey .... script girl
Jean-Paul Sassy .... technical consultant
Ben Smith .... english subtitles (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Le beau Serge" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Impressive Debut from a very talented director, even though it may not exactly be 'New Wave', 9 July 2012
Author: JasonGuzman from Woodside, NY

This film is considered to be the first film of the French New Wave film movement, preceding 400 Blows, Hiroshima Mon Amour and Breathless. I don't think you can put this film in the same category as those films. This film is a straight up conventional narrative about Francois who travels back to his hometown after 12 years, looking for a peaceful, restful place and recuperating from a lung infection, he finds that the people he once knew are all in dire straits. They are poor, provincial and cant seem to get out of their rut in this small town, the town Chabrol grew up in. Watching this film I didn't quite know in which way it was headed. The acting is superb and I really felt like I was in that small town with these people. Francois former friend turned alcoholic Serge turns in a convincing performance of drowning ambitions. This film was meticulously put together and the moving shots were intelligently fluid and effective. Unlike what other reviewers have said, this does not feel like a film from a first-timer. I have only seen Chabrol's last two films, Inspector Bellamy and A Girl Cut in Two and they were masterful in execution and i expected this one to be weaker but i was delightfully surprised. It holds up really well and I even think modern American audiences would enjoy this film about sacrifice and reformation.

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