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Le Beau Serge (1958)

Le beau Serge (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 1959 (USA)
After long absence, a man returns to his hometown only to find his best friend has become an alcoholic.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writer:

Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Blain ... Serge
Jean-Claude Brialy ... François Baillou
Michèle Méritz ... Yvonne
Bernadette Lafont ... Marie
Claude Cerval Claude Cerval ... The priest
Jeanne Pérez Jeanne Pérez ... Madame Chaunier
Edmond Beauchamp Edmond Beauchamp ... Glomaud
André Dino André Dino ... Michel, the doctor
Michel Creuze Michel Creuze ... The baker
Claude Chabrol ... La Truffe
Philippe de Broca ... Jacques Rivette de la Chasuble
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

January 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Beau Serge See more »

Filming Locations:

Sardent, Creuse, France

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Budget:

FRF 37,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Serge: My God, life's so bloody stupid. I get up with one idea: not to think about anything.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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What a nice movie! "Quel Beau Film!"
12 January 2007 | by FilmSocietyMtlSee all my reviews

Born in 1930, this contemporary of Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer really was, like them, a vital part of the French "New Wave"...if only to have helped usher it in via a neo-realist approach. This is Claude Chabrol's first film and it launched him on a career that spanned 40 years and included mostly thrillers, often inspired by Alfred Hitchcock. Other of his notable works include LES COUSINS (1959), OPHELIA (1962), LE BOUCHER (1969) and MADAME BOVARY (1991) An "enfant terrible" and a genuine eccentric, he approached the making of this first film in a way that would later be identified with the "new wave" movement. He used mostly inexperienced actors, crude editing, lots of location filming and imbued it with a sense of spontaneity. Focusing on content over style allowed him to carve out a distinct piece work that is both compelling and a fine study of human nature. From opening shots of pensive lead actor J.C. Brially* riding a bumpy bus into his childhood town to the powerful closing shot of Gerard Blain shocked into sobering up, this film will have you looking at LE BEAU SERGE with adoration. *(Catch Brially starring in one of the finer French horrror films made; LE DEMON DANS L'ILE)


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