Eureka release the Claude Chabrol classic Le Beau Serge

Steve Withers

Distinguished Member
French classic gets a Masters of Cinema high-def release in March

Gérard Blain and Jean-Claude Brialy star in the first of their collaborations with the great Claude Chabrol. The director's masterful feature debut — ironic, funny, unsparing — is a revelation and Le Beau Serge (Handsome Serge) marks the beginning of "the Chabrol touch." Eureka Entertainment release Le Beau Serge as part of their Masters of Cinema series on Blu-ray and DVD on the 25th of March.

In this first feature film of the French New Wave, one year before Truffaut's The Four Hundred Blows, the dandyish François (Brialy, of Godard's A Woman Is a Woman, Rohmer's Claire's Knee, and countless other cornerstones of 20th-century French cinema) takes a holiday from the city to his home village of Sardent, where he reconnects with his old chum Serge (Blain), now a besotted and hopeless alcoholic, and sly duplicitous carnal Marie (Bernadette Lafont). A grave triangle forms, and a tragic slide ensues.

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From Le Beau Serge onward up to his final film Bellamy in 2009, the revered Chabrol would come to leave a significant and lasting impression upon the French cinema — frequently with great commercial success.

Extras:
  • Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray
  • New and improved English subtitles
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A 56-minute documentary about the making of the film
  • L'Avarice [Avarice], Chabrol's 1962 short film
  • A lengthy booklet with a new and exclusive essay by critic Emmanuel Burdeau; excerpts of interviews and writing by Chabrol
 

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