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Chabrol

Chabrol

Chabrol, Claude, 1930-, French filmmaker, b. Paris, attended Univ. of Paris. One of the creators of the French "new wave" cinema of the 1950s and 60s, he was among such other future film greats as Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, and François Truffaut who wrote film criticism for the influential journal Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s. In 1958 he made his first film, Le Beau Serge, which he wrote, produced, and directed. Its dark themes of mystery, violence, and obsession are characteristic of many of his films and reflect the influence of Alfred Hitchcock. Among the other works of Chabrol's early and most successful period are Les Cousins (1959), Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), Les Biches (1968), La Femme Infidèle (1969), and This Man Must Die (1969). The later highlights of his more than 60 films include Le Boucher (1971), Wedding in Blood (1973), Blood Relations (1978), the highly acclaimed Story of Women (1988), Madame Bovary (1991), "L'Enfer (1993), the extremely successful thriller La Cérémonie (1995), Merci pour le chocolat (2000), The Bridesmaid (2004), and A Girl Cut in Two (2007).

See his biography of Alfred Hitchcock (with Eric Roemer, 1957, tr. 1979); studies by R. Wood and M. Walker (1970) and G. Austin (1999).

The Château de Chalus-Chabrol is a castle in the commune of Châlus in the département of Haute-Vienne, France.

The castle dominates the town of Châlus. It consists today of an isolated circular keep (12th century) and a residential building constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries, enlarged in the 17th century.

The castle protected the southern approach to Limoges and the north-south route between Paris and Spain, as well as the ancient east-west route linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

It is most famous for the death of Richard the Lionheart, who died here from a crossbow wound while besieging the castle in 1199. His entrails are buried in the castle chapel. The castle is also linked with Cesare Borgia. Château de Chalus-Chabrol has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1925. The castle was open to visitors till 2006, but has been sold in that year and is no longer open for the public.

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