Claude Chabrol

Director, Screenwriter, Critic
A founding father of French New Wave cinema, director Claude Chabrol's fascination with genre films, and the detective drama in particular, fueled a lengthy and celebrated string of thrillers, including "Les Bonnes ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1930 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (58)

Inspector Bellamy 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

A Girl Cut in Two 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Comedy of Power 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bridesmaid 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Flower of Evil 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Merci Pour le Chocolat 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Bonnes Femmes 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Colour of Lies 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Swindle 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

La Cérémonie 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Enfer 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Betty 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Oeil de Vichy 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Inspecteur Lavardin 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Madame Bovary 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cry of the Owl 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Docteur M. 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Quiet Days in Clichy 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Story of Women 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Masques 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Poulet au Vinaigre 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blood of Others 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Fantomes du Chapelier 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Cheval d'Orgueil 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Innocents aux mains Sales 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Violette 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice ou la derniere Fugue 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Folies bourgeoises 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Liens de sang 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Magiciens 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Ophelia 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bench of Desolation 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Nada Gang 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Partie de Plaisir 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Noces Rouges 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Docteur Popaul 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Boucher 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Juste avant la nuit 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

La Decade Prodigieuse 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

La Femme Infidele 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

La Rupture 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

This Man Must Die 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Champagne Murders 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

("L'homme qui vendit la tour eiffel") (Director)

La Ligne de Demarcation 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Biches 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Road to Corinth 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Marie-Chantal Contre le Docteur Kha 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

An Orchid For the Tiger 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

("La Muette") (Director)

The Seven Deadly Sins 1963 (Movie)

("Greed") (Director)

The Tiger Likes Fresh Blood 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Bluebeard 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Oeil du Malin 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Godelureaux 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Web of Passion 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Handsome Serge 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Cousins 1958 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (48)

Inspector Bellamy 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

A Girl Cut in Two 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Comedy of Power 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bridesmaid 2006 (Movie)

Scenario Adaptation and Dialogue (Writer)

The Bridesmaid 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Flower of Evil 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation and dialogue) (Screenplay)

Merci Pour le Chocolat 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unfaithful 2002 (Movie)

(from film: "La Femme Infidele") (Source Material)

The Colour of Lies 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Swindle 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Cérémonie 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Enfer 1994 (Movie)

adaptation and dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Betty 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inspecteur Lavardin 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Madame Bovary 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Madame Bovary 1991 (Movie)

dialogues (Writer (dialogue))

Madame Bovary 1991 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Cry of the Owl 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Docteur M. 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Quiet Days in Clichy 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Story of Women 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Masques 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Poulet au Vinaigre 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Fantomes du Chapelier 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Cheval d'Orgueil 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Innocents aux mains Sales 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alice ou la derniere Fugue 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Folies bourgeoises 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Liens de sang 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Magiciens 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nada Gang 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Noces Rouges 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Boucher 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Boucher 1971 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Le Boucher 1971 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Juste avant la nuit 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Femme Infidele 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Rupture 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Ligne de Demarcation 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Biches 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marie-Chantal Contre le Docteur Kha 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

("La Muette") (Screenplay)

L' Oeil du Malin 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Godelureaux 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Handsome Serge 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Handsome Serge 1958 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Les Cousins 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Coup du Berger 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (25)

Avida 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Son of Gascogne 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Music For the Movies: Bernard Herrmann 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sam Suffit 1992 (Movie)

Mr Denis (Actor)

Music For the Movies: Bernard Herrmann 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alouette, je te plumerai 1988 (Movie)

Pierre Vergne (Actor)

I Hate Actors 1988 (Movie)

Lieberman (Actor)

Sale destin! 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jeux d'artifices 1986 (Movie)

Jacques' Father (Actor)

Suivez mon regard 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summer on a Soft Slope 1986 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Thieves After Dark 1983 (Movie)

Louis Crepin (Actor)

Polar 1981 (Movie)

Theodore Lyssenko (Actor)

Les Folies d'Elodie 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Folies bourgeoises 1976 (Movie)

Man in Publisher's Officer (Actor)

L' Animal 1976 (Movie)

Metteur en Scene (Actor)

Les Biches 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Road to Corinth 1966 (Movie)

Alcibiades (Actor)

Marie-Chantal Contre le Docteur Kha 1965 (Movie)

Barman (Actor)

An Orchid For the Tiger 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

The Husband (Actor)

Paris Nous Appartient 1959 (Movie)

Party Guest in Neuilly (Actor)

Handsome Serge 1958 (Movie)

Truffe (Actor)
Producer (4)

Paris Nous Appartient 1959 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Handsome Serge 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Les Cousins 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Coup du Berger 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Docteur Popaul 1971 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)
Executive (1)

Breathless 1961 (Movie)

artistic supervisor (Supervisor)
Other (1)

Le Bonheur se porte large 1988 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

A founding father of French New Wave cinema, director Claude Chabrol's fascination with genre films, and the detective drama in particular, fueled a lengthy and celebrated string of thrillers, including "Les Bonnes Femmes" (1959), "Les Biches" (1968), La Femme Infidèle" (1968) and "Que la bête meure" (1969), which explored the human heart under extreme emotional duress. Chabrol began as a contributor to the celebrated film magazine Cahiers du Cinema alongside such film legends as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard before launching his directorial career in 1957. He quickly established himself as a versatile filmmaker whose innate understanding of genre tropes informed the complex triangular relationships at the center of many of his films, which frequently served as a prism through which commentary on class conflict could be obliquely addressed. Chabrol's mordant sense of humor and penchant for violent scenarios were alternately embraced and rejected by moviegoers over the course of his five-decade career, but the talent he displayed in depicting these dark deeds, as well as his status among the pantheon of French New Wave cinema, underscored his significance as one of his native country's most prolific and wickedly gifted craftsmen.

Relationships

Madeleine Chabrol

Mother

Stéphane Audran Actor

Ex-Wife
Married from 1964 divorced 1980 appeared in over 20 of Chabrol's films including "Les cousins" (1958), "La femme infidele" (1968), "Violette" (1977) and "Betty" (1992)

Matthieu Chabrol Music

Son
Mother, Agnes Goute

Thomas Chabrol Actor

Son
Mother, Stephane Audran

Yves Chabrol

Father

Jacques-Yves Chabrol

Son
Mother, Agnes Goute

Agnes Goute

Ex-Wife
Married from 1956-1962 divorced to marry the actress Stéphane Audran

Aurore Paquiss Continuity

Wife
Married from 1983 until his death in 2010

EDUCATION

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris

Milestones

2009

Directed last feature film "Bellamy," with Gerard Depardieu

2000

Directed the mystery "Merci pour le chocolat," with actress Isabelle Huppert

1995

Helmed the psychological thriller "La Cérémonie" with Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Cassel

1992

Directed the feature "Betty"

1991

Helmed an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary"

1985

American TV directorial debut, "Les sang des autres/The Blood of Others"; a French-Canadian co-production made for HBO

1975

Last collaboration with Gegauff, "Les magiciens"

1970

Made first English-language feature, "Ten Days' Wonder"

1969

Again collaborated with wife Stephane Audran in "Le Boucher"

1968

Directed "Les Biches," starring Stephane Audran and Jacqueline Sassard

1958

First collaboration with Paul Gegauff, "Les cousins"; film also marked his first with actress Stephane Audran

1958

Formed production company AJYM, which supported not only his own early features, but those of other New Wave directors

1958

Film directing debut (also screenwriter; producer), "Le Beau Serge/Bitter Reunion/Handsome Serge"

1956

Short film acting, producing, co-writing and co-scoring debut, "Le coup de Berger" (dir. Jacques Rivette)

During WWII, family moved to Sardent; Chabrol operated a film club

Worked as a film critic for Arts and Cahiers du Cinema during the 1950s

Worked for 20th Century-Fox as press attache

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