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Claude Chabrol : Death of one of the New Wave's Founding Fathers

By Matthieu Boisseau

Claude Chabrol died Sunday, Spetember 12, 2010 aged 80. Praised for his thrilling plots and recognized for his films’ caustic wit, this French director leaves behind a vast cinematographic heritage made up of, among others, Beau Serge, Violette Nozière, and La Cérémonie.

Claude Chabrol was a legendary director, one of the greats of French cinema. Through his insightful reviews for the influential Cahiers du Cinema magazine (1952-57) he contributed to the new wave movement and is considered, along with François Truffaut and Jacques Rivette, as one of its founding fathers. It is his first film, Le Beau Serge (for which he won both the Prix Jean Vigo and the main prize at the Locarno Festival in 1958), that put him up there with the most talented film makers of his generation. With his bitter criticisms of French bourgeois life, he quickly became one of the masters of irony in cinema. In the 1980's, he experienced great success with more commercial films such as the thrillers Inspecteur Lavardin and Poulet au Vinaigre, with the actor Jean Poiret.

Chabrol's most recent collaborations with the actor Isabelle Huppert proved hugely successful, with engaging films like Merci pour le Chocolat in 2000, and l'Ivresse du Pouvoir in 2006, evoking the Elf affair. He managed to draw the best performances out of almost all of France’s most famous actors, from Jean-Claude Biraly to Jean Yanne.

In 2005, his outstanding contribution to the world of cinema was duly recognised when he was awarded the Prix René Clair from the Académie Française, and again in 2010, when he received the Grand Prize from the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers.


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