Claude Chabrol

Les cousins

Les cousins

In Les cousins, Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world. A mirror image of Le beau Serge, Chabrol’s debut, Les cousins recasts that film’s stars, Jean-Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain, in startlingly reversed roles. This dagger-sharp drama won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was an important early entry in the French New Wave.

Film Info

  • Claude Chabrol
  • France
  • 1959
  • 109 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #581

Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and excerpts from actor Jean-Claude Brialy’s memoir, about costar Gérard Blain

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and excerpts from actor Jean-Claude Brialy’s memoir, about costar Gérard Blain

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Les cousins
Cast
Gérard Blain
Charles
Jean-Claude Brialy
Paul
Juliette Mayniel
Florence
Guy Decomble
Bookseller
Geneviève Cluny
Geneviève
Michèle Méritz
Yvonne
Corrado Guarducci
Count Arcangelo Minerva
Stéphane Audran
Françoise
Paul Bisciglia
Marc
Jeanne Pérez
Concierge
Françoise Vatel
Martine
Claude Cerval
Clovis
Credits
Director
Claude Chabrol
Producer
Claude Chabrol
Photography
Henri Decaë
Screenplay
Claude Chabrol
Dialogue
Paul Gégauff
Sound
Jean-Claude Marchetti
Music
Paul Misraki
Editing
Jacques Gaillard

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Les cousins: The Nature of the Beast

Jean-Luc Godard, lover of paradox, once characterized Claude Chabrol’s Les cousins (1959) as “a deeply hollow and therefore profound film,” a pronouncement, like so many of the pithy mots Godard used to reel off in the pages of Cahiers du cin…

By Terrence Rafferty

On Film / Essays — Sep 19, 2011