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I'm not at all interested in who-done-its. If you conceal a character's guilt, you imply that his guilt is the most important thing about him. I want the audience to know who the murderer is, so that we can consider his personality.
While his wife Stéphane Audran
often stated to owe everything to him, some critics have tried to claim that it was the other way around, with Chabrol's cinema benefiting a lot from the director's encounter with the actress. Chabrol himself wasn't too fond of this take on his long partnership with Audran, stating that Stéphane had been a pivotal figure in the making of Le Boucher
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Often cast frosty leading ladies in the Hitchcock tradition
The French Hitchcock