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Claude Chabrol, maître de suspense

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A Cahiers du cinéma critic-turned-filmmaker alongside Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, and François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol is undoubtedly the French New Wave’s master of suspense. MUBI presents a 5-film series of thrillers that pick up where Hitchcock left off, ingeniously adapting to their Gallic settings. The series ranges over Chabrol’s prolific career, from the New Wave-era Line of Demarcation, to his 50th film The Swindle, starring Isabelle Huppert, and the master’s final work, Bellamy, starring Gérard Depardieu as a retired detective.

Line of Demarcation

Claude Chabrol France, 1966


Some of the most ruthless films by Claude Chabrol are the stories of how the French resisted or collaborated with the Nazis during World War 2. This Vichy drama, made after the fervor of the French New Wave had died, is one of his rarest but most gripping, devoted to the harsh decisions of wartime.

The Swindle

Claude Chabrol Switzerland, 1997


Our Chabrol retro continues with his 50th feature: a lively thriller of thievery, charming deceits, and ambiguous romance. The ideal amount of Hitchcockian inspiration seasons this picture’s DNA for a perfect concoction of mystique and uncanny wit. Did we mention it also stars Isabelle Huppert?

The Bridesmaid

Claude Chabrol France, 2004


Continuing our retrospective of mysteries from the French New Wave’s Claude Chabrol, we present this wicked little picture that’s at once an erotic thriller and a droll comedy of perversion and class satire. Laura Smet stars in the title role and as one of Chabrol’s most unforgettable femme fatales.

A Girl Cut in Two

Claude Chabrol France, 2007


Next in our survey of films by the wry New Wave mystery-maker Claude Chabrol is this romantic bon mot. Well, romantic in the Chabrolian sense: charged with perversion, tainted by crime, viewed with an eye towards subtle satire. A dark criminal comedy, perhaps? Ludivine Sagnier was made for this.

Inspector Bellamy

Claude Chabrol France, 2009


Today we begin a 5-film, 3-decade survey of the French New Wave’s master of suspense, Claude Chabrol. In a gesture towards his delightful perversity, we begin at the end with Chabrol’s final film: His only movie with Gérard Depardieu, it proves there’s always more to a mystery than meets the eye.

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