Born: Paris, France, 24 June 1930.
One of the stable of Cahiers du cinéma critics, Chabrol inaugurated the New Wave with Le Beau Serge (1957), Les Cousins (1958) and Les Bonnes Femmes (1960). Like other early New Wave films, these were characterized by independent production, location shooting, new stars (Jean-Claude Brialy, Stéphane Audran) and a focus on a young, disaffected generation. Chabrol soon departed from this idiom to enter on a prolific and varied career embracing comedies (Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Khâ, 1965), thrillers (A double tour / Web of Passion, 1959), war films (La Ligne de démarcation, 1966), political thrillers (Les Noces rouge / Blood wedding, 1973, Nada, 1974), a "lesbian" drama (Les Biches / The Does, 1968), and more; his filmography runs to over forty features. If there is unity in Chabrol's work, it can be found along two axes. The first is his work with his main star (and for a long time, wife) Stéphane Audran, especially Le Boucher (1970) and their superb "drama of adultery": La femme infidèle / The Unfaithful Wife (1969), La Rupture / The Breakup (1970) and Juste avant la nuit / Just Before Nightfall (1971). The second is Chabrol's dissection of the French bourgeoisie, which ranges from the incisive to the affectionate, usually in the thriller format. At the incisive end are Que la bête meure / Killer! (1969) and Violette Nozière (1978); more affectionate are Poulet au vinaigre / Cop au vin (1984), Masques (1987) and Le Cri du hibou / The Cry of the Owl (1987). With his lush adaptation of Madame Bovary (1991, with Isabelle Huppert), Chabrol made an excursion into the Heritage cinema genre, though Betty (1992) and L'Enfer (1994) signal a return to the bourgeois thrillers. Ironically, given Chabrol's critical beginnings, there is a comfortable "quality" to his films, which is, however, far from unpleasurable.
— Ginette Vincendeau, Encylopedia of European Cinema
Le Beau Serge / Bitter Reunion (France 1958)
Les Cousins / The Cousins (France 1959)
A double tour / Léda / Web of Passion (France 1959)
Les Bonnes Femmes (France 1960)
La Femme Infidèle / Unfaithful Wife (France 1969)
Que la bête meure / This Beast Must Die (France 1969)
Le Boucher / The Butcher (France 1970)
Les Noces Rouges / Wedding in Blood (France 1973)
Violette Nozière / Violette (France 1978)
Une Affaire des femmes / Story of Women (France 1989)
Madame Bovary (France 1991)
La Cérémonie / The Ceremony (France 1995)
Écran Noir (French-language)
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