Le Beau Serge (1958)
Chabrol's First Feature Doesn't Automatically Mean French New Wave Landmark
24 June 2003
Released in a year ahead to the French New Wave landmarks

such as Hiroshima Mon Amour, The 400 Blows, and Breathless,

the first feature of another giant in the movement doesn't really

contain any innovativeness that the others show off. Rather, Le

Beau Serge expresses the modest respect to the directors of older

generations in France; especially there is an obvious similarity

between Le Beau Serge and Bresson's The Diary of Country

Priest. However, like the rest of French New Wave, the film's low

budget attitude loudly speaks the antithesis to the French

mainstream cinema, such as the works of Clement, at the point.

Relationships among main characters randomly oscillate

between friendship and hostility, don't develop, and go nowhere.

Consequently the story can't keep the audience's attention.
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