Sunday, September 12, 2010

Claude Chabrol (June 24, 1930 – September 12, 2010)



Claude Chabrol was my favorite French film director. His films usually cover the downward spiral of an ordinary person’s life until everything is out of control.

Here is my ranked list of his work. It will be updated as necessary.

Tier One
1. La Ceremonie / Judgment in Stone (1995)
2. Que la bête meure / This Man Must Die (1969)
3. Le Boucher (1970)
4. La Rupture (1970)
5. Le Cri du hibou / Cry of the Owl (1987)
6. Une Affaire de Femmes / The Story of Women (1988)
7. La Fille coupée en deux / A Girl Cut in Two (2007)
8. La Demoiselle d’honneur / The Bridesmaid (2004)
9. Inspector Lavardin (1986)
10. L’oeil du malin / The Third Lover (1962) not in the database
11. Violette Nozière (1978)
12. Bellamy/Inspector Bellamy (2008)
13. Betty (1992)
14. “Redoutables, Les” (2001) Episode: “Coup De Vice” not in the database
15. La Femme infidèle / Unfaithful Wife (1969)

Tier Two
16. Merci Pour Le Chocolat (2000)
17. À Double Tour (1959)
18. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
19. Les Biches (1968)
20. Au coeur du mensonge /The Color of Lies (1999)

Tier Three
21. “Chez Maupassant: La parure (#1.2)” (2007)
22. Masques / Masks
23. Cyprien Katsaris (1996) [TV]
24. Le Beau Serge / Handsome Serge/Bitter Reunion (1958)
25. M. Le Maudit (1982) not in the database
26. Les Cousins (1959)
27. Les godelureaux/Wise Guys (1961)
28. Les fantômes du chapelier /The Hatter’s Ghost (1982)
29. La ligne de démarcation/Line of Demarcation (1966) not in the database
30. “Chez Maupassant: Le petit fût (#2.4)” (2008) not in the database
31. Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (1964) not in the database
32. Les Magiciens/Death Rite (1976)
33. Madame Bovary (1991)
34. Les innocents aux mains sales / Innocents with Dirty Hands (1975)
35. Juste avant la nuit / Just before nightfall (1971) not in the database
36. Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Kha (1965) not in the database
37. Le tigre aime la chair fraiche (1964) not in the database

Tier Four
38. Alice ou la dernière fugue (1977)
39. L’oeil de Vichy (1993)
40. Ophélia (1963)
41. La décade prodigieuse/Ten Days Wonder (1971)
42. Le scandale/The Champagne Murders (1967)
43. L’Ivresse du pouvoir / Comedy of Power (2006)

Tier Five
44. Jours tranquilles à Clichy/Quiet Days in Clichy (1990)
45. Le tigre se parfume à la dynamite (1965)
46. Les Noces rouges / Wedding in Blood (1973) not in the database
47. L’Enfer / Hell (1994)
48. La Fleur du mal / Flower of Evil (2003)
49. “L’Avarice”
50. Folies bourgeoises/Twist (1976) not in the database
51. Rien na va Plus / The Swindle (1997)
52. Docteur Popaul / High Heels (1972) not in the database
53. Nada (1974) not in the database
54. Poulet au vinaigre / Cop au vin (1985)
55. La Route de Corinthe / Who’s Got the Black Box? (1967) not in the database
56. Une partie de plaisir (1975)
57. Les Liens de sang / Blood Relatives (1978)

Tier Six
58. Landru/Bluebeard (1963)
59. Le sang des autres/The Blood of Others (1984)
60. Dr. M (1990)

Friday, September 3, 2010

French Actors

Here are some of the finest actors of yesterday and today whose faces define the cinema of France.

Note: Despite Gérard Depardieu’s recent outburst, I’ve included him in this list as planned.
Note #2: This list is loosely ranked. I couldn’t put everyone at #1, but then again, if an actor is on the list at all, they are worthy of attention.


Jean-Paul Belmondo


Jean-Louis Trintignant


Grégori Derangère


Daniel Auteuil


Gérard Depardieu


Jean Reno


François Cluzet


Dany Boon


Mathieu Almaric


Gad Elmaleh


Guillaume Canet


Stéphane Freiss


Jacques Dutronc


Patrick Bruel


Jacques Gamblin


Roschdy Zem


Benoît Magimel


Melvil Poupaud


Gilles Lellouche


Fabrice Luchini


Jean-Pierre Léaud


Kad Merad


Pierre Arditi


François Berléand


Philippe Noiret


Yvan Attal


Maurice Bénichou


Denis Podalydès


Lambert Wilson


Alain Delon


Michel Piccoli


Jean Gabin


Edouard Baer


Lino Ventura


Dominique Pinon


André Dussollier


Hippolyte Girardot


Jean Rochefort


Jean-Claude Brialy