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Claude Chabrol


Born - 24 June 1930, Paris, France
Died - 12 September 2010

A giant of post-war French cinema, and sometimes known as the Gallic Alfred Hitchcock, Chabrol rose to fame on the crest of the New Wave of French directors that also included Godard and Truffaut. Although as uneven as he was prolific, Chabrol was at his best alternately a master of suspense and the scourge of the bourgeoisie. Infidelity and/or murder were often at the heart of his films. After establishing himself with Le Beau Serge (1958) and A Double Tour (Leda/Web of Passion) (1959), Chabrol made some conventional thrillers before directing English-speaking stars Anthony Perkins, Yvonne Furneaux and Henry Jones in The Champagne Murders (1967), progressing to such classic black thrillers as Les Biches (1968), Que la Bete Meure/Killer! (1969), Le Boucher (1969) and Juste avant la Nuit (1971). Later work was more varied, both in content and quality, but included Violette Noziere (1978), Masques (1987), Madame Bovary (1991), Au Coeur du Mensonge (1999), La Fleur du Mal (2003), La Fille Coupee en Deux (2007) and Bellamy/Inspector Bellamy (2009), his last. The second of his three wives was the actress Stephane Audran.