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The Twist (1976)

Folies bourgeoises (original title)
Bored aristocratic Parisian couples begin affairs with each other which only brings trouble.


Claude Chabrol


Claude Chabrol (scenario), Norman Enfield (scenario) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... William Brandels
Stéphane Audran ... Claire Brandels
Sydne Rome ... Nathalie
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Jacques Lavolet, l'éditeur
Ann-Margret ... Charlie Minerva
Maria Schell ... Gretel
Francis Perrin Francis Perrin ... Robert Sartre
Mauro Parenti Mauro Parenti
Sybil Danning ... La secrétaire / Secretary
Yvonne Gaudeau Yvonne Gaudeau ... La mère de Claire / Claire's mother
Charles Aznavour ... Dr. Lartigue
Curd Jürgens ... Le bijoutier / Jeweller
Tomas Milian ... Le détective / Detective
Roland Travers Roland Travers ... Le premier invité (as R. Travers)
Jean Lanier Jean Lanier ... Le second invité (as J. Lanier)


Bored aristocratic Parisian couples begin affairs with each other which only brings trouble.

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Release Date:

23 June 1976 (France) See more »

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The Twist See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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In 2009, Claude Chabrol stated that the three worst movies ever made are: Fanny (1961), Le jour et la nuit (1997), and his own film, The Twist (1976). See more »

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Very boring French comedy
5 August 2002 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

This is one of Claude Chabrol's weaker films. It's about the same topics as usual - a French high class couple on the country side between hot love affairs, paranoia and domestic catastrophes. While Chabrol can easily make good thrillers, crime dramas and social studies with witty plots with touch of irony, bitterness and sarcasm, he's not good at directing straight comedies like that.

The plot is too confusing, the acting is really bad (especially Maria Schell as a hysterical Swiss house maid), nearly all jokes fall flat, and after a few minutes only this French comedy simply gets on your nerves. Avoid it and rather watch other Chabrol films instead like the brilliant "A Judgement In Stone", "The Butcher", "The Beast Must Die", "The Hatter's Ghost" and the nice Inspector Lavardin crime movies.

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