RIP: Claude Chabrol (1930 – 2010)

Influential French New Wave filmmaker Claude Chabrol has passed away at the age of 80. Chabrol worked as a critic for the legendary publication “Cahiers du cinema” with his contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, and Jacques Rivette. He embarked on a career of filmmaking with his first film Le beau Serge, which was released in 1958. He directed more than 50 films in his career and has released films as recently as 2009. He may be best known for his 1960s and 70s thrillers such as The Butcher, The Unfaithful Wife, and This Man Must Die.

Chabrol was never nominated for an Oscar, but two of his films were nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (Violette, 1978 and Poulet au vinaigre, 1985). He also has two films featured in Steven Jay Schneider’s 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: The Butcher, 1969 and The Story of Women, 1988. He is survived by four children.

Once again an acclaimed filmmaker passes away whose works I have never been exposed to. I still haven’t caught any of Eric Rohmer’s films which I pledged to do after he passed away earlier this year. If anybody has seen Chabrol’s works and has a particular favorite, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

[Source: BBC News]

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  • Andrew R.

    I haven’t seen any of his films either. RIP.

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