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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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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98 min
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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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5 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Do not judge this film by the company it keeps, 13 July 2001
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

If this was indeed the first film of the New Wave then it has a lot to answer for. Unless there are other causal influences I don't know about, the New Wave destroyed French cinema. Old wave films like Carné's "The Children of Paradise" (1943), Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear" (1953), and Tati's "My Uncle" (1958) make Truffaut, Renais and Chabrol look earthbound and dreary. As, by and large, they are. (Even in the years after 1959 France's best films had little to do with, and owed little to, the New Wave.) But "Beautiful Serge" is at least a nice little film, only somewhat earthbound, and not so dreary at that.

An earlier reviewer has complained about the music; and, indeed, at the screening I attended there were some people up the back determined to chortle at what they perceived to be musical heavy-handedness. A cheap response would be that the film needed SOMETHING to lift it above the level of a 7-Up documentary. A fairer response would be that this is a story in which the theological significance of the hero's actions shines through a mundane surface, and the score serves to express that, too. It's the faint but real sense of fantasy that keeps "Beautiful Serge" very much alive.

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