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Re: Claude Chabrol

#51 Post by Knappen » Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:51 pm

And how about that Bernadette Lafont?! Wouldn't have minded sharing my 1er arrondissement flat with her back in '61! With Uncle Flix as the gay sidekick.

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#52 Post by david hare » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:35 pm

If your Uncle Flix were het he would have been mashing Stephane from the Orphan's Benefit scene. Not only great tits which she wiggles to fine effect, but a sublime neat tushy stacked on a that pair of gams! I think I possibly prefer her brunette to blonde. She's much naughtier.

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#53 Post by martin » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:26 am

The Fantomas mini-series directed by Chabrol (and Luis Buñuel's son Juan Luis Buñuel) will be released in Germany on 2 Oktober 2009. It will probably not be English friendly: Amazon.de

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#54 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:33 pm

Don't know how this slipped under the radar but Chabrol's latest, the Depardieu-starring Bellamy, was released in R1 in December. And the list price is fifty dollars. Uh, I want to see it and all, but c'mon

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#55 Post by joshua » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:59 am

I picked this up at Amazon.ca for $25 Canadian. I can't be sure, but I believe the DVD on Amazon in the US is the Canadian release. The movie itself is fun and extends Chabrol's recent run of very solid, craftsman-like films. I suspect I might get more out of certain aspects of the film's undercurrents if I look into Georges Simenon's writings or the supposed true-life crime that the story alludes to. The cast is uniformly great and Eduardo Serra's cinematography is a pleasure as always. Seeing Bellamy reminded me how much I have liked Chabrol's late-period output and I am now in the middle of catching up on the films I had not seen from the past couple of decades. I watched The Bridesmaid which I had wrongfully neglected due to lackluster reviews and The Flower of Evil which I might like even more. I still need to see Comedy of Power and The Eye of Vichy which is currently streaming on Netflix instant watch.

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#56 Post by domino harvey » Fri May 28, 2010 5:00 pm

PIcked up the Canadian disc of Bellamy off eBay (yes, it's the same one I mentioned above). Mongrel has a bunch of good titles, but based on this one I wouldn't give them money unless I had to-- the film is a bad PAL->NTSC transfer, with ghosting and interlacing on a single-layer disc.

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Looks great, huh

But then again, two-thirds of Chabrol's films are only out on shitty DVDs, so it still doesn't feel out of place! As for the film itself, well, I wouldn't hold my breath for an American release, especially in this market. It's another minor key trifle from Chabrol, filled with fun touches for the auteurists and Chabrol purists, and not much for anyone else, really. Highlights include a gay dinner scene that invokes Les Biches, a game and oversexed performance by Depardieu, a powerful early image that turns out to not be what it seemed, and one hell of an acquittal strategy in court. Also, is the little cameo by Chabrol's son supposed to be his character from A Girl Cut in Two? His comment's even funnier if so

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#57 Post by david hare » Fri May 28, 2010 7:36 pm

I decided to get this (from yet another back passage source) on your say so. We'll watch it tonight, so I have to say without seeing it I have some trepidation. Gerard for one thing (his last two perfs in the Techines were unwatchable, as were the pictures themselves.)

Am I the only person who didn't get (let alone like) Fille coupee a Deux? I didn't even figure the lead was meant to be impotent. I keep sensing all these safe fallbacks for Chabrol, like the insufferable haute Bouregoises (in naughties decor, attitude and clothes) but without any allowance for sympathy or even identification. It's as though Chabrol's hand is only there through certain indentifiers like this, and the Kink, but the real guiding hands are those of others'.

I have to say I'm no expert on late (last ten-fifteen years) Chabrol) but I havent much liked anything since Blood Wedding which is - certainly - a masterwork.

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#58 Post by domino harvey » Fri May 28, 2010 7:50 pm

david hare wrote:Am I the only person who didn't get (let alone like) Fille coupee a Deux?
Benoît Magimel saves the film everytime he's on screen. Regardless, I do think it's Chabrol's weakest film since probably Betty. I disagree that you can't see his hand though-- it's everywhere, but perhaps not for those who haven't dipped into his recent output more. Everything he's made post-La Ceremonie is of a piece for me, almost jazz-like reorchestrations of existent tonal and thematic minutiae within his oeuvre. While Bellamy is a fun riff in tone of his recent work, I'd rate films like The Bridesmaid and La fleur du mal in the top tier of Chabrol-- they're definitely "move to the front" films and might help ground his new focuses within a more concrete frame of reference. I can't even imagine getting through something like Comedy of Power without it!

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#59 Post by david hare » Fri May 28, 2010 8:04 pm

I should clarify what I meant to say - I think his "hand" is everywhere but I'm not sure who's actually guiding it. Fille Coupee seems to me like a film directed by remote control. Which is another way of saying I just don't like it. And yes, Benoit is a joy, even in this arid arena. I can't avoid saying this - I find it pointlessly cruel, without any real purpose. But I guess I just didn't "get it."
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I just burnt down a dvdr of Bellamy and had a check. It looks to me like a progressive PAL, certainly none of that hideous ghosting. Color is weak but it's acceptable. The upper might have put it through a cleanup prior to putting it out there. The subs are definitely custom (probably rejigged from the US disc but in trebuchet.)

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Re: Claude Chabrol

#60 Post by domino harvey » Fri May 28, 2010 8:06 pm

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I think there was a French DVD of it that this was sourced from... I bet your mystery online benefactor went to town on that and not the English-friendly Mongrel disc. I posted some caps in the screencap thread, which were awful hard to get considering how nearly every frame is just ridic with the ghosting

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Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

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Re: Passages

#62 Post by ellipsis7 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:45 am

Rohmer and Chabrol in the same year, 53 years after their pioneering book on Hitchcock.... RIP both!...

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#63 Post by david hare » Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:49 am

I just registered this news!
He couldnt go on forever of course, and I personally found the last two (at least) films extremely irritating and phoned in, as though channelled by the family.

But there were always late shocks like Ceremonie, to jolt you back into his universe, masterfully expressed. Of course he was, very much like Rohmer, a trieless worker. We're just so lucky to have ever had him.

Ellipsis, don't you fell terribly old, again? I sure do. (And am.)

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Re: Passages

#64 Post by ellipsis7 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:55 am

Yes, David, it's all very sobering, reminder of our mortality etc.... JLG avec Oscar last man standing!...

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Claude Chabrol

#65 Post by RossyG » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:02 am


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Re: Passages

#66 Post by Cde. » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:10 am

I'm very surprised. It did seem like he could go on for many years to come.
Very sad.
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ellipsis7 wrote:Yes, David, it's all very sobering, reminder of our mortality etc.... JLG avec Oscar last man standing!...
Don't forget Rivette.

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Re: Passages

#67 Post by HypnoHelioStaticStasis » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:49 am

God, how awful... a consistently wonderful director and author. Many of his films are bonafide masterworks, and he's been an influence to so many people in cinema.

Truly RIP.

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#68 Post by LQ » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:34 am

That is immensely saddening news to hear. I've only seen a fraction of his output but love those films I've had the opportunity to catch. Wouldn't it be a wonderful tribute if in the wake of Chabrol's death Criterion would finally put together releases of his harder-to-obtain films...

RIP.

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Re: Passages

#69 Post by domino harvey » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:06 am

The world is a lesser place now that Chabrol can no longer contribute new films. Horrible, devastating news-- I thought he could keep going for another ten years

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Re: Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

#70 Post by prokosch » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:55 am

Quite terrible news -- my stomach twisted when I finally realized the "-2010" in the thread title. I agree that the rate with which he was developing new projects suggested he'd be going at least until 2020.

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Re: Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

#71 Post by Murdoch » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:56 am

This is devastating, another nouvelle vague director gone. I always got the feeling he'd be around as long as de Oliveira.

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Re: Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

#72 Post by Jeff » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:59 am

Some English-language obits:

AP via NPR
The Guardian

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Re: Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

#73 Post by justeleblanc » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:04 am

I went through a Chabrol binge this summer and caught up on a fair amount of his rarer films such as Dr Popeul and The Breach. He was prolific and many of these films were quite bad on first glimpse, but he had a terrific, dark sense of humor that none of the other new wavers had. Godard comes closest with his puns, but Chabrol was really the funny one.

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Re: Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

#74 Post by Peacock » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:47 am

I'm always really interested in what the final shot in a directors career is (the two dancing boys in Salo, the young girl selling her virginity in Street of Shame, for example). Can anyone here remember the final shot of Bellamy?

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Re: Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

#75 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:53 am

A wonderful filmmaker and a great loss. Some of his films might have been bizarre or even outright failures but I can't imagine many other directors who would have so readily been prepared to commit to the ' throwing yourself in at the deep end' opportunities to work with Orson Welles or Anthony Perkins, or in Canada, and in so many genres (political thrillers, historical dramas, barbed comedies, relationship films, sci-fi neo-noirs, along with the murder mysteries) with such diverse ranges of source material, and made the most out of all these different kinds of opportunities. He also felt far more attuned to the contemporary times throughout his career, for better and worse, than any of the other new wavers, at least after Godard's departure in the late 60s.

I find something like Dr M, Nada or Masques as wonderfully fascinating, if more (enjoyably) uneven, as anything from the classic Stéphane Audran or Isabelle Huppert periods. He might lament in that Guardian piece that he didn't resolve his body of work, but that's also part of what gives Chabrol's films their unique charm as I get to see more of them.

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