Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Les Choses sérieuses" / "Serious Things"


(June 24, 1930 – September 12, 2010)

La Muette by Claude Chabrol, 1964/1965:

Brigitte et Brigitte [Brigitte and Brigitte] by Luc Moullet, 1966:

"That Cahiers du cinéma directs itself with regularity to the Hitchcock 'case' is no secret, nor are the sarcasms of our colleagues on the subject. From Georges Sadoul to Denis Marion, from Jean Quéval to Georges Charensol, we have been spared no ironies. They've tried to pick quarrels on the shakiest of grounds — even to the point of trying to make believe that on one occasion I translated 'larger than life' into French as métaphysique, when anyone who knows me knows I could not possibly have done anything of the kind."

— Claude Chabrol, "Les Choses sérieuses", Cahiers du cinéma no. 46, April 1955. Translation by Liz Heron.



Claude Chabrol and Gérard Depardieu, photo for interview with Cahiers du cinéma on Bellamy, 2009:


Dave Kehr's obituary in The New York Times is here, with additional notes and comments at Dave's blog here.

Hommage also rendered here at The Withered Spoon.

Griffe / Préfère l'impair / via Bruno Andrade, here.

A 2008 interview with Chabrol about cuisine, from Libération's Les Foodingues section — "You Can't Tell a Lie When Your Mouth's Full" — here.

"Les films de Claude Chabrol qui vous ont marqué" at Le Monde, here.


On a related note, here's a DVD from France which everyone should discipline themselves to save up the money and pay for (and in the sense that it's the opposite of punishment) —