Les cousins Les cousins

Les cousins

Claude Chabrol

Les cousins (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • France
  • 1959
  • 109 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #581

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.

Disc 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

Press Notes

Press Notes: Le beau Serge and Les cousins

September 29, 2011

Mondo Digital gives Claude Chabrol’s first two films,Le beau Serge and Les cousins—also the first films by the legendary French director in the Criterion Collection—a proper introduction: Read more »


Les cousins: The Nature of the Beast

By Terrence Rafferty September 19, 2011

Claude Chabrol’s second feature opened in Paris three months before The 400 Blows and was the first box-office hit of the nouvelle vague. Read more »

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Les cousins (Criterion DVD)


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