Claude Chabrol, known as the founding father of the French New Wave movement and one of the most influential French filmmakers, has died at the age of 80.
Chabrol began his impeccable career as a critic for the notebook of cinema, Les Cahiers du Cinema, then went on to make more than 50 films, helping to launch the New Wave movement in the 50s with his directorial debut, 1958's "Le beau Serge." Some of his notable films are "Les Biches (1968)," and "Le Boucher" (1970). Isabelle Huppert was considered Chabrol's muse and favorite actress. The director and his muse worked in "Merci pur le chocolat," "Violette Noiziere," and "Une affaire de femme." To read more of Chabrol's great achievements, click here.
*** French New Wave was a term coined by critics for a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s who shunned classical cinematic narrative form and invented a new, fresh way of storytelling by combining Italian Neorealism and classical Hollywood cinema. Through creative visual style, editing, and narrative, these filmmakers translated their contemporary social and political problems onto the big screen.
Merci Monsieur Chabrol for bringing French New Wave cinema to popular culture. Au Revoir!
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