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    Gérard Blain and Jean-Claude Brialy star in the first of their collaborations with the great Claude Chabrol. The director's masterful feature debut - ironic, funny, unsparing - is a revelation: another of that rare breed of film where the dusty formula might be used in full sincerity: Le Beau Serge marks the beginning of "the Chabrol touch".

    In this first feature film of the French New Wave, one year before Truffaut's The Four Hundred Blows, the dandyish François (Brialy, of Godard's A Woman Is a Woman, Rohmer's Claire's Knee, and countless other cornerstones of 20th-century French cinema) takes a holiday from the city to his home village of Sardent, where he reconnects with his old chum Serge (Blain), now a besotted and hopeless alcoholic, and sly duplicitous carnal Marie (Bernadette Lafont). A grave triangle forms, and a tragic slide ensues.

    From Le Beau Serge onward up to his final film Bellamy in 2009, the revered Chabrol would come to leave a significant and lasting impression upon the French cinema - frequently with great commercial success. It is with great pride that we present Le Beau Serge, the kickstart of the Nouvelle Vague and of Chabrol's enormous body of work, on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK for the first time.

    Special Features:

    • Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio
    • New and improved English subtitles
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • A 56-minute documentary about the making of the film
    • L'Avarice [Avarice], Chabrol's 1962 short film
    • A lengthy booklet with a new and exclusive essay by critic Emmanuel Burdeau; excerpts of interviews and writing by Chabrol; and more
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    12
    Director:
    Claude CHABROL
    Region:
    2
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.37:1
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    French
    Subtitle Languages:

    English

    Run Time:
    99 mins approx.
    studio:
    Masters of Cinema
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1958
    Series:
    Masters of Cinema

Le Beau Serge

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  • Description

    Gérard Blain and Jean-Claude Brialy star in the first of their collaborations with the great Claude Chabrol. The director's masterful feature debut - ironic, funny, unsparing - is a revelation: another of that rare breed of film where the dusty formula might be used in full sincerity: Le Beau Serge marks the beginning of "the Chabrol touch".

    In this first feature film of the French New Wave, one year before Truffaut's The Four Hundred Blows, the dandyish François (Brialy, of Godard's A Woman Is a Woman, Rohmer's Claire's Knee, and countless other cornerstones of 20th-century French cinema) takes a holiday from the city to his home village of Sardent, where he reconnects with his old chum Serge (Blain), now a besotted and hopeless alcoholic, and sly duplicitous carnal Marie (Bernadette Lafont). A grave triangle forms, and a tragic slide ensues.

    From Le Beau Serge onward up to his final film Bellamy in 2009, the revered Chabrol would come to leave a significant and lasting impression upon the French cinema - frequently with great commercial success. It is with great pride that we present Le Beau Serge, the kickstart of the Nouvelle Vague and of Chabrol's enormous body of work, on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK for the first time.

    Special Features:

    • Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio
    • New and improved English subtitles
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • A 56-minute documentary about the making of the film
    • L'Avarice [Avarice], Chabrol's 1962 short film
    • A lengthy booklet with a new and exclusive essay by critic Emmanuel Burdeau; excerpts of interviews and writing by Chabrol; and more
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    12
    Director:
    Claude CHABROL
    Region:
    2
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.37:1
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    French
    Subtitle Languages:

    English

    Run Time:
    99 mins approx.
    studio:
    Masters of Cinema
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1958
    Series:
    Masters of Cinema
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