Widely credited as the founding father of the French Nouvelle Vague movement, Claude Chabrol is responsible for a body of work that is as prolific as it is boldly defined. A master of the suspense thriller, Chabrol approaches his subjects with a cold, distanced objectivity that has led at least one critic to liken him to a compassionate but unsentimental god viewing the foibles and follies of his creations. Inherent in all of Chabrol’s thrillers is the observation of the clash between bourgeois value and barely-contained, oftentimes violent passion. This clash gives the director’s work a melodramatic quality that has allowed him to drift between the realm of the art film and that of popular entertainment.
Born in Paris on June 24, 1930, Chabrol was educated at the University of Paris, where he was a pharmacology student, and at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques. Following some military service, he developed an interest in the cinema and worked for a brief time in the publicity… read more
Alice atravessou o espelho...mas o que isso pode significar? Com sua 'Alice', Chabrol recria a história da jovem que cai em um mundo além da realidade e que passa a não reconhecer os fatos e desdobramentos de sua 'nova' vida. Assumindo o caráter fantástico, que é próprio da história de Lewis Caroll, o filme tem a beleza de Sylvia Kristel que muito ajuda a domar alguma leve incongruência - francesa, bien sûr!
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2011 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.