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Claude Chabrol (writer)
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January 1959 (USA) See more »
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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... 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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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 
 
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(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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98 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Finnish censorship certificate register # 54816 delivered on 23-8-1960.See more »
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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Almost There, 7 October 1999
Author: Stroheim-3 from Boston, MA

In what is considered the first film of the French New Wave, Claude Chabrol gives us a hypnotic vision of opposites in the same style as Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. Le Beau Serge follows the story of Francois, a young man who returns to his home town after twelve years, who finds that the town is dying. His landlady even tells him that everyone will be gone soon enough. In particular, he finds that a once-promising childhood friend, Serge, is trapped as an alcoholic in a loveless marriage.

The brilliance of the film lies not in its storytelling (it is quite slow at parts) nor its acting (most of the actors were non-professionals) but in its structure. Everything is seen in doubles. Francois and Serge are two sides to the same coin. Each has an elder counterpart. Each has a female relation which seems to switch off at times. Serge has both a wife and a mistress who is at one point Francois girlfriend; at the same time, Serge's wife becomes morally attached to Francois. In addition, scenes are doubled; two scenes in the cemetary, two implied sexual scenes in Glomaud's home, two turns by Francois and Michel at the beginning, the list goes on and on. Furthermore, entire shots are doubled with different couples in each. It is brilliant.

In addition, the film looks as if it were unpolished (which is a basic tenet of the New Wave), but it looks as if it was a director's first attempt. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The greatest detraction (apart from the sometimes overacting) is the musical score. It is extremely discordant with regards to the movie. Minimal scenes such as Serge exiting his house are accompanies by percussion that sounds as if it were a harbinger of doom. I don't know if Chabrol wanted this, but it becomes irritating and causes the viewer to laugh at the film.

As an added note, watch for the parallels of Francois and Serge with the town's children. The kids pop up everywhere.

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