Que La Bête Meure

Que La Bête Meure

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Director: Claude Chabrol

Cast: Claude Chabrol, Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, Jean Yanne

     
 
Claude Chabrol's engrossing psychological thriller comes to DVD in this modest but well-presented package. The original widescreen aspect ratio of the film is retained. The audio features the original French-language soundtrack, as well as two alternate tracks dubbed into English and Spanish; the disc also includes optional English subtitles. Extras include

Overview

Claude Chabrol's engrossing psychological thriller comes to DVD in this modest but well-presented package. The original widescreen aspect ratio of the film is retained. The audio features the original French-language soundtrack, as well as two alternate tracks dubbed into English and Spanish; the disc also includes optional English subtitles. Extras include biographies of the film personnel, stills, and the movie's theatrical trailer. The film-to-video transfer, however, is far from great. In many exterior scenes the focus is soft, and the detail is mushy. This becomes especially noticeable during fast camera movements. On the other hand, given This Man Must Die's long unavailability on home video, this DVD release is a welcome opportunity to see this acclaimed movie.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Yuri German
Often dubbed a French Hitchcock, Claude Chabrol was also greatly influenced by Fritz Lang. In This Man Must Die, Chabrol and his regular co-writer Paul Gégauff use the recurrent Langian themes of fate and revenge to explore how dark instincts are awakened even in the most civilized man. In so doing, the director consciously abandons the conventional mechanics of suspense for psychological nuances and atmosphere. Ambiguity is at the core of the film -- Charles, the "hero," is not as positive as he seems to be, and Paul, the "villain," happens to be a more complex character than he looks on a first glance. Both Michel Duchaussoy and Jean Yanne handle their intricate parts admirably. Yanne's role is flashier, but Duchaussoy manages to run a whole gamut of feelings under the mask of restraint. Caroline Cellier, who substitutes here for Chabrol's regular Stéphane Audran, offers a finely tuned performance as the confused and fragile Helene. Unlike Hitchcock, who greatly relied on elaborate shots and editing, Chabrol often prefers to let the characters explore their emotions before an unmoving camera. Locations also play an important role in the director's films, and the Brittany coast, beautifully photographed by Jean Rabier, further contributes to the movie's chilly atmosphere, as does Pierre Jansen's moody and unobtrusive score.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0825307906196
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pathfinder Home Ent.
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
63,760

Special Features

Closed Caption; Letterboxed; Interactive menus; Scene access; Biographies; Trailer; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Duchaussoy Charles
Caroline Cellier Helene
Jean Yanne Paul
Anouk Ferjac Jeanne
Marc di Napoli Philippe Decourt
Jean-Louis Maury Peasant/Charles' Friend
Dominique Zardi Policewoman
Michel Charrel Actor
Robert Rondo Actor
Jacques Masson Actor
Louise Chevalier Mme. Levenes
Guy Marly Jacques Ferrand
Lorraine Rainer Anna Ferrand
Maurice Pialat Police Inspector

Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director,Screenwriter
Louis Bonnemaison Makeup
Jacques Gaillard Editor
Paul Gégauff Screenwriter
André Genovès Producer
André Girard Musical Direction/Supervision
Pierre Jansen Score Composer
Guy Littaye Art Director
Jean Rabier Cinematographer
Claude Zidi Camera Operator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [4:05]
2. Chapter 2 [9:22]
3. Chapter 3 [6:20]
4. Chapter 4 [6:09]
5. Chapter 5 [10:30]
6. Chapter 6 [6:58]
7. Chapter 7 [7:25]
8. Chapter 8 [4:49]
9. Chapter 9 [5:51]
10. Chapter 10 [5:41]
11. Chapter 11 [3:37]
12. Chapter 12 [4:31]
13. Chapter 13 [7:00]
14. Chapter 14 [7:07]
15. Chapter 15 [5:25]
16. Chapter 16 [3:10]
17. Chapter 17 [2:58]
18. Chapter 18 [5:53]

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Que La Bête Meure 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GinaK More than 1 year ago
I am unabashedly a fan of Chabrol, and I've read the fascinating and original Nicholas Blake novel and seen the excellent British version, but Chabrol with his complex, enigmatic hero somehow manages to top them both
Anonymous More than 1 year ago