Henri brazenly carries on an affair with a beautiful young neighbor right under the nose of his bitter wife Thérèse. Henri’s gorgeous daughter has herself caught the eye of a Hungarian ne’er do well, while Henri’s voyeur son begins to take liberties with his father’s mistress.
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The debut of Laszlo Kovacs as played by Belmondo! How is it that Belmondo was using this name years before the first film by the legendary cinematographer? Belmondo's "Michel Poiccard" used it as a pseudonym in BREATHLESS (1960). The cinematographer made his first feature in 1966, in the USA. There is no record of him having done anything prior to "64! If anyone can explain this, the comments box is below...
35mm, chromatically degraded print. While rewatching this film i noticed something that had not yet occurred to me: in fact and formally, especially in his 60s and 70s films, Chabrol is a generational link between Hitchcock and De Palma, filmmakers of spirals of looks and its multiple Implications. See the scene of the murder revelation and how the camera descends on the various characters, varying the perspectives.
From one of my favourite directors.This is Chabrol's third film and first psychological thriller.Like alot of his films,it was a success in its condemnation of bourgeois behaviour.
Jean-Paul Belmondo is a stand out in his first major film.
Early dud from Chabrol can't decide if it wants to be a French 'Long Hot Summer' or a Hitchcock thriller. Which leaves it short on both atmosphere and tension, and the papier maché characters can't do anything to keep it interesting. Belmondo super unreal as the Hungarian windbag who bosses an 'haute' family around.
Peinture incisive mais conventionnelle, ressemblant fort à une dissection, un règlement de comptes. C'est une jolie toile, tendue sur du vide, des oripeaux d'une existence. A noter la prestation de Madeleine Robinson... www.cinefiches.com