Sunday, September 12, 2010

Claude Chabrol R.I.P.

One of the greatest filmmakers in the world died today. Claude Chabrol began his career as a critic for the film magazine, Cahiers du Cinema, alongside his contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Melville, Agnes Varda, Eric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, Luc Moullet, Bertrand Tavernier, and Jacques Demy. These critics all became pioneering filmmakers of the French New Wave in the late 1950s/early 1960s (except Tavernier, who didn't start making movies until the 1970s). Chabrol specialized in offbeat crime and/or psychological thrillers and was often compared to Hitchcock, though his style was clearly his own. He made at least four of my favorite films, and several others I can easily recommend.
The masterpieces, from the top:
Les bonnes femmes (1960)
Le boucher (1970)
La rupture (1970)
La ceremonie (1995)

Also recommended:
"La muette," from the anthology film Six in Paris (1965)
Wedding in Blood (1973)
Story of Women (1988)
L'enfer (1994)
The Bridesmaid (2004)

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