Le beau serge

Le beau serge

DVD - 2011 | French
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Follows a successful yet sickly young man who returns home to the small village where he grew up. There, he finds himself at odds with his former close friend - now unhappily married and a wretched alcoholic - and the provincial life he represents. Includes bonus features.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, 2011
Edition: Standard format, DVD special ed
ISBN: 9781604654783
Branch Call Number: MOVIE BEAU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 09, 2017

Claude Chabrol's first film- I thought it was good.

Froster Sep 25, 2013

Chabrol. (Sigh). No matter how much I try (early work, middle period, late stuff), I have yet to find a film that justifies his outsize reputation. I find his characters sketchy, his technical skills without real finesse, and his stories perfunctory. “Le Beau Serge”, at least, is an early example of the Nouvelle Vague…so its roughness is part of the charm. But all of Chabrol’s flaws are on view, and unfortunately, they never really got any better. It's superior to the film that it is usually twinned with, “Les Cousins”, but that is faint praise indeed, as “Les Cousins” is truly regrettable. Think of this review as a word to the wise. Skip all of Chabrol, except for one anomaly, “La Ceremonie”, where his preoccupations and the talent of his actresses finally come together to great effect. If you MUST….then “Les Bonnes Femmes” (early) “Les Biches” (middle period) and “La Ceremonie” (late) just to prove my point.

voisjoe1 Feb 13, 2012

Le Beau Serge (Handsome Serge), released in 1958, is considered to be one of the first of the French New Wave films and is Claude Chabrol's first film. Chabrol filmed it on location where he resided during World War II. A young man returns to his village and becomes determined to help his old friend who has become an alcoholic after losing his first child to mongoloidism at birth. Lots of long shots of the characters interacting with one another in the fields and roads in and around the village.

Glencoe_Mike Jan 18, 2012

Doesn't offer as much as his follow-up Les Cousins, but still much to enjoy.


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