Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

CLAUDE CHABROL, 1930-2010

Claude Chabrol will always be remembered as member and co-founder of la nouvelle vague, the French New Wave, and therefore as one of the creators of modern cinema with his early films Le beau Serge, Les Cousins et À double tour.

He developed an unmistakable Hitchcockian style in some of his finest films like Les Biches (1968), my personal favourite Chabrol film together with La Cérémonie (1995), an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell novel, which features an unforgettable performance of his longtime muse Isabelle Huppert.

The last part of his career includes remarkable films like La Cérémonie, Rien ne va plus, Merci pour le chocolat, La demoiselle d’honneur (another excellent Ruth Rendell adaptation, see clip below) and La fille coupée en deux.

Claude Chabrol died in Paris today, September 12, 2010, aged 80.

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