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Le Beau Serge (1958)

Le beau Serge (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 1959 (USA)
After long absence, a man returns to his hometown only to find his best friend has become an alcoholic.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writer:

Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Blain ... Serge
Jean-Claude Brialy ... François Baillou
Michèle Méritz ... Yvonne
Bernadette Lafont ... Marie
Claude Cerval ... The priest
Jeanne Pérez Jeanne Pérez ... Madame Chaunier
Edmond Beauchamp Edmond Beauchamp ... Glomaud
André Dino André Dino ... Michel, the doctor
Michel Creuze Michel Creuze ... The baker
Claude Chabrol ... La Truffe
Philippe de Broca ... Jacques Rivette de la Chasuble
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Storyline

Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has become a drunkard. Francois now tries to find out what happened to him and tries to help him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

January 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Sardent, Creuse, France

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Budget:

FRF 37,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship certificate register # 54816 delivered on 23-8-1960. See more »

Quotes

François Baillou: I like your dress.
Marie: I look better without it.
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Neither Chabrolesque,nor nouvelle vague...
15 December 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...This first effort ,made on a shoestring budget ,actually belongs to the old directors school and would not be out of place in ,say ,Duvivier's or Clouzot's brilliant filmographies.It even recalls Italian neorealism sometimes.Anyway,among all the directors of the otherwise a bit overrated new wave,Chabrol is the most accessible,the most palatable, particularly for those ,like me ,who do not give a damn about ,say,Rohmer or Godard.The depiction of the Bourgeoisie which will begin with the follow-up "les cousins"(with Brialy teaming with Blain again) and will become Chabrol's trademark is absent here .Laffont is the only pure new wave actress :Brialy used to work with the "old "guard as well,and Blain 's career really began with Julien Duvivier's unfairly overlooked and sensational "voici le temps des assassins"(1956).

The story is linear,with a lot of characters and a dash of melodrama thrown in -which is by no means new wavesque-.The rural milieu depiction will pave a reliable way for the highly superior "le boucher" (1969).There's also a tendency to dwell on the sordid side of life.Outside the good cast,two scenes in a graveyard are impressive.


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