Le Beau Serge
|Le Beau Serge|
|Directed by||Claude Chabrol|
Le Beau Serge (French pronunciation: [lə bo sɛʁʒ], meaning "Handsome Serge") is a French film directed by Claude Chabrol, released in 1958. It is often considered the first product of the Nouvelle Vague or "French New Wave" film movement.
François (Jean-Claude Brialy) returns to his village after a long absence. He finds his friend Serge (Gérard Blain) who has married Yvonne, and has developed an alcohol problem after the death of their stillborn child. Serge has become an angry, bitter figure not unlike the roles of James Dean, refusing to face reality and adulthood and François must help him.
- Gérard Blain as Serge
- Jean-Claude Brialy as François Baillou
- Michèle Méritz as Yvonne
- Bernadette Lafont as Marie
- Claude Cerval as The priest
- Jeanne Pérez as Madame Chaunier
- Edmond Beauchamp as Glomaud
- André Dino as Michel, the doctor
- Michel Creuze as The baker
- Claude Chabrol as La Truffe
- Philippe de Broca as Jacques Rivette de la Chasuble
Chabrol had originally intended to shoot Les Cousins first, but due to its Paris setting, it would have been twice as expensive to film. He chose instead to shoot in Sardent, his home village. The film was shot over nine weeks in the winter of 1957-8 on a budget of 32 million old francs.  The film initially ran to 2 hours and 35 minutes, though Chabrol cut a great deal of quasi-documentary material to reduce the running time, a decision he later regretted. 
- Le Beau Serge is often considered the first film of the French Nouvelle Vague.
- Dudley Andrew (1999). Claude Chabrol. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 13.
- Dudley Andrew (1999). Claude Chabrol. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 14.
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