3 CLASSIC FILMS BY CLAUDE CHABROL REVIEWED
“3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol” is pretty much a Chabrol sampler. The first film “Betty” focuses on a heady drunk of a woman wrecking her life. While it’s easy to see her as a victim, that’s not quite the truth. Betty knows what’s going on, but doesn’t expect much out of her life. It’s amazing work by Marie Trintignant, but it pales compared to “Torment”. “Torment” took nearly thirty years to complete and time changed it.
This second film follows a couple who buy their dream resort. As time progresses, we watch the husband become distrustful of his wife. He knows she’s cheating, but he can’t prove it. Corridors seem longer and shadows are darker, as their dream resort becomes a new prison. Then, there’s “The Swindle”. It plays like some early prequel to “Femme Fatale”, but Chabrol still doesn’t hit that style boner for me ala De Palma. However, both auteurs are drinking from the same well.
The spirit of Clouzot and Hitchcock flows deeply through Chabrol. Playing off the fear in one’s mind creates a kind of terror that makes amazing drama. Trintignant, Beart and Huppert are just the vessels for Chabrol to tell larger stories about the fragile nature of relationships. Test it out with a mixed audience and find the brightest people in the room.
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