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Le beau Serge

Claude Chabrol

Le beau Serge (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • France
  • 1958
  • 99 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #580

Of the hallowed group of Cahiers du cinéma critics turned filmmakers who transformed French film history, Claude Chabrol was the first to direct his own feature. His absorbing landmark debut, Le beau Serge, follows a successful yet sickly young man (Jean‑Claude Brialy) who returns home to the small village where he grew up. There, he finds himself at odds with his former close friend (Gérard Blain)—now unhappily married and a wretched alcoholic—and the provincial life he represents. The remarkable and stark Le beau Serge heralded the arrival of a cinematic titan who would go on to craft provocative, entertaining films for five more decades.


Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring Guy Austin, author of Claude Chabrol
  • Claude Chabrol: Mon premier film, a documentary by Francis Girod on the making of Le beau Serge, featuring interviews with Chabrol and actor Jean-Claude Brialy
  • Segment from a 1969 episode of the French television series L’invité du dimanche in which Chabrol revisits Sardent, the town he grew up in and Le beau Serge’s location
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

    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 »


Le beau Serge: Homecomings

By Terrence Rafferty September 19, 2011

Completed when Claude Chabrol was just twenty-seven, this is “a movie about the young by a director with a precociously old head.” Read more »

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Le beau Serge (Criterion DVD)


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