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Les Cousins – Chabrol takes the French New Wave on a descent to Hell.

Backed with money inherited by his wife, Chabrol wrote, produced and directed Le Beau Serge in 1958, a film often cited as the first New Wave feature. Shot over nine weeks in Sardent, using natural light and real locations, the film portrays a detailed picture of working class life in a bleak provincial village. Reflecting the influence of both […]

Paris vu Par: Godard gathers up his friends to show us Paris.

With all my cinematic meanderings my inner boomerang (it’s an Aussie thing) will always bring me back to my beloved French New Wave.  Despite my passion for Bergman and my adoration of the Czech New Wave, Godard ‘does it for me’ in every conceivable way.  He is the right balance of all things a film […]

Madam Bovary: Claude Chabrol takes on a classic

For many years Madame Bovary belonged to that classic box of literature labelled ‘unfilmable’.  The main reason for this is the complex nature of the novels structure. The power of this novel lies not in the plot, but in the characters relationship to what happens to them. Flaubert’s novel is hailed as one of the […]