Le Beau Serge

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Le Beau Serge
Le Beau Serge 1956 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Starring Jean-Claude Brialy
Gérard Blain
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Release dates 1958
Country France
Language French
Budget FFR 37,000,000

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.



  • Le Beau Serge is often considered the first film of the French Nouvelle Vague.

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