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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 ... 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

Certificate:

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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

The film initially ran to 2 hours and 35 minutes. Claude Chabrol cut out a great deal of quasi-documentary material to reduce the running time to 1 hour and 39 minutes, a decision he later regretted. See more »

Quotes

François Baillou: Who's the younger one?
Madame Chaunier: The other daughter, Marie: an alley cat. A man a day. Lives up there with her father.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Really beautiful !
24 December 2001 | by lionel.willoquetSee all my reviews

Suffering from a bronchial infection, Jean-Claude Brialy, a young Parisian, seeks convalescence in his home village in the Creuse, where he hasn't set foot for 10 years. There he meets up with his former friend, Gerard Blain, who, despite a brilliant adolescence and a bright future, has ended up in a drunken stupor after his marriage. The first film by Claude Chabrol, who launched the New Wave with this bitter account of rural life, perfectly constructed, and served with the talent of Jean-Claude Brialy and Bernadette Laffont.


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