Le Beau Serge: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1958) / Region 1
Le Beau Serge: The Criterion Collection

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Le Beau Serge: The Criterion Collection

Of the hallowed group of Cahiers Du Cinema critics turned filmmakers who would transform French film history, Claude Chabrol (Les Bonnes Femmes) was the first to direct his own feature. His stark and absorbing landmark debut, Le Beau Serge, follows a successful yet sickly young man (A Woman Is A Woman's 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 (Les Cousins's Gerard Blain) - now unhappily married and a wretched alcoholic.and the provincial life he represents. The remarkable and raw Le Beau Serge heralded the arrival of a cinematic titan who would go on to craft provocative, entertaining films for five more decades.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 20 2011
  • Production Year 1958
  • Empire SKU 1577886
  • UPC Code 715515086417
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New Audio Commentary Featuring Guy Austin, Author Of Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol: Mon Premeir 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'invite Du Dimanche In Which Chabrol Revisits Sardent, The Town He Grew Up In And Le Beau Serge's Location
Theatrical Trailer
A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Critic Terrence Rafferty


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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