Le Beau Serge
Le Beau Serge (1958)

Le Beau Serge was the first film of French critic-turned-director Claude Chabrol. Though not a murder melodrama, the film is heavily influenced by the works of Chabrol's idol Alfred Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt in particular. Ailing… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1958
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2011
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Tom Milne
Time Out

It presents a bleak, beautifully observed picture of provincial life, later revisited to even more stunning effect in Le Boucher.

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Fernando F. Croce

Part mock-neorealist homoerotic foxtrot, part obsessively symmetrical Cahiers du Cinéma analysis of Hitchcock's I Confess

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

evokes a somber and deeply felt sense of shared humanity

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Variety Staff

An important new French director, Claude Chabrol, is unveiled in this pic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Chabrol didn't work out his film-making kinks until his next pictures.

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TV Guide

Le Beau Serge received overwhelming critical approval of its use of non-professional actors, raw black-and-white photography (masterfully executed by Henri Decae), and personal vision.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It has a certain fascination as Chabrol's first practical (as opposed to critical) encounter with mise en scene.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Whether or not (it) was the start of the New Wave, it was the start of Chabrol.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
If this was the first film of the French New Wave I cannot really say, but it was the first of the Chabrol's fascinating career, with great performances… More
Chris Browning
Le Beau Serge is the first film by Claude Chabrol and in his debut creates a wonderful Drama with solid acting and amazing artistic characteristics. The film… More
Eric Broome
Claude Chabrol's feature debut, "Le Beau Serge," isn't as strong as his subsequent "Les Cousins" (which stars the same two… More
Antonius Block
Claude Chabrol's first film has some things going for it, starting with its cinematography, simple in that it's all shot in the French village of… More