When released in America, Claude Chabrol’s La Cérémonie
was advertised as “a film by France’s Alfred Hitchcock.” Yet after nearly fifty years as a filmmaker, with some sixty features to his credit, Chabrol still remains widely overlooked and undervalued. Fans of Hitchcock, suspense, or simply films in general have been frequently deprived of Chabrol, for the pictures receive limited distribution outside of France. Only recently have they found a new life on DVD. La Cérémonie, Les Biches, La Rupture
, and Le Boucher
are elegant thrillers and intelligent psychological studies; Les Cousins, Les Bonnes femmes
and Le Beau Serge
are vital constituents of the nouvelle vague
Searching the internet back in 1999, I could find very little information about this enigmatic man. There were websites and message boards devoted to other leading figures of the New Wave, such as Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer and François Truffaut, but virtually nothing on Chabrol. The Claude Chabrol Project
was my attempt to remedy that. In the years since, he’s become more visible on the web, and, with the arrival of the DVD, his films are finding a larger audience.
If you have any suggestions or pertinent information you’d like to share, please e-mail me at flickhead at Comcast dot net.