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Claude CHABROL

French Claude CHABROL

French film director

Source :  Pierre-Valéry ARCHASSAL

Born: on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France
Died: on September 12, 2010 in Paris, France


Biography

After spending World War II in the village of Sardent, where he and a friend constructed a makeshift movie theater, Chabrol returned to Paris to study pharmacology at the University of Paris. There Chabrol became involved with the postwar cine club culture and met Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette and others with whom he would write for Cahiers du cinéma throughout the 1950s. In 1957, Chabrol co-wrote with Éric Rohmer Hitchcock (Paris: Éditions Universitaires, 1957), a study of the films made by director Alfred Hitchcock through the film The Wrong Man (1957). Chabrol had interviewed Hitchcock with Francois Truffaut in 1955 on the set of To Catch a Thief, where the two famously walked into a fountain after being starstuck by Hitchcock. Years later, when Chabrol and Truffaut had both become successful directors themselves, Hitchcock told Truffaut that he always thought of them when he saw "two ice cubes floating in his drink."

In 1958, Chabrol made his feature directorial debut with Le Beau Serge (1958), a Hitchcock-influenced drama starring Jean-Claude Brialy partly funded by his wife's inheritance and among the first films of the French New Wave. A critical success, it won Chabrol the Prix Jean Vigo and was followed the next year by Les Cousins, one of the New Wave's first commercial successes, and Chabrol's first color film, À double tour, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The most prolific of the major New Wave directors, Chabrol has averaged almost one film a year since 1958. His early films (roughly 1958-1963) are usually categorized as part of the New Wave and generally have the experimental qualities associated with the movement. Beginning with his "Golden Era" films (1967- 1974) he established what would be his signature "Chabrol-esque" style, usually suspense thrillers in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock.

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