Fool's Mate (1956 film)

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Fool's Mate
Le Coup du berger
Directed by Jacques Rivette
Produced by Pierre Braunberger
Claude Chabrol
Screenplay by Jacques Rivette
Claude Chabrol
Charles Bitsch
Based on gossip article
Starring Virginie Vitry
Anne Doat
Etienne Loinod
Jean-Claude Brialy
Music by François Couperin
Cinematography Charles Bitsch
Edited by Denise de Casabianca
Release date
Running time
28 min
Country France
Language French

Fool's Mate (French: Le Coup du berger) is a twenty-eight-minute short film directed by Jacques Rivette. It stars Virginie Vitry as a wife cheating on her husband (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze). When her lover (Jean-Claude Brialy) buys her a mink coat, the adulterous pair hatch a plan to avoid her husband's questioning the coat's origins.

Fool's Mate is considered by some to be the first film of the French New Wave, or the movement's earliest antecedent. Released in 1956, the film is something of a curio thanks to a scene in which Rivette and New Wave contemporaries Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, and François Truffaut are seen in the same room as party guests.

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