In French with English subtitles.
Of the hallowed group of Cahiers Du Cinema critics turned filmmakers who would transform French film history, Claude Chabrol was the first to direct his own feature. His stark and absorbing landmark debut, Le Beau Serge, follows a successful yet sickly young man (Jean-Claude Brialy) who returns home to the small village where he grew up. There, he finds himself at odds with his former close friend (Gerard Blain) - now unhappily married and a wretched alcoholic.and the provincial life he represents. The remarkable and raw Le Beau Serge heralded the arrival of a cinematic titan who would go on to craft provocative, entertaining films for five more decades.
- Starring: Bernadette Lafont, Gerard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Claude Cerval, Michele Meritz, Jeanne Perez, Edmond Beauchamp
- Format: Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: The Criterion Collection
- Run Time: 99 minutes
- Catalogue #: 580
- New Audio Commentary Featuring Guy Austin, Author Of Claude Chabrol
- Claude Chabrol: Mon Premeir Film, A Documentary By Francis Girod On The Making Of Le Beau Serge, Featuring Interviews With Chabrol And Actor Jean-Claude Brialy
- Segment From A 1969 Episode Of The French Television Series L'invite Du Dimanche In Which Chabrol Revisits Sardent, The Town He Grew Up In And Le Beau Serge's Location
- Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Critic Terrence Rafferty