The Champagne Murders

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The Champagne Murders
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Written by William Benjamin
Claude Brulé
Derek Prouse
Paul Gégauff
Starring Anthony Perkins
Stéphane Audran
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Release dates 1967
Running time 105 minutes
Country France
Language French

Le scandale (The Champagne Murders) is a 1967 French suspense thriller mystery film directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Anthony Perkins. It was the first of two films that Chabrol made with Perkins, who is most famous for his role in Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who Chabrol admires above all other directors.

For his role in the film, Maurice Ronet won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.


Following a car accident, Paul Wagner suffers a head injury he is struggling to recover fully and can not manage his business of trading of champagne. Christine Belling advantage of the situation to try to sell the company, while Paul denies. Murders are committed: it is likely that Paul is the culprit. He then approaches Christine for her support. But she is murdered in turn. Paul is obviously the prime suspect in the eyes of investigators. Paul is suspicious of Jacqueline, his secretary, who is at the heart of this case. Jacqueline is related to Christopher, husband of Christine. We then discover that they have joined forces to divert capital from Paul Wagner.


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