Unfaithful Wife (1969)

Overview

Claude Chabrol directed this thriller of a woman tempted into an affair, which was the basis for American hit Unfaithful. La Femme Infidèle (aka The Unfaithful Wife) has been given a full-screen transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in French, with optional English-language subtitles. As a bonus, this edition includes the film's original trailer, as well as cast and crew biographies.
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Overview

Claude Chabrol directed this thriller of a woman tempted into an affair, which was the basis for American hit Unfaithful. La Femme Infidèle (aka The Unfaithful Wife) has been given a full-screen transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in French, with optional English-language subtitles. As a bonus, this edition includes the film's original trailer, as well as cast and crew biographies.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Filmographies; Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
His many adherents regularly dub Chabrol "the French Hitchcock", and while it is a convenient way of reducing his work to its bare essentials, there are many differences between the two artists. While Chabrol deals in suspense, Hitchcock, particularly in his last films, revealed a deep streak of cruelty and misogyny that undercuts such films as Marnie (1964), The Birds (1963), and especially Frenzy (1972). Chabrol was more circumspect about such matters, and embraced a wider set of concerns in his films, making them much more universal in their appeal, and lasting in their social commentary. La Femme Infidèle is a tale of passion and adultery, but done with a much more distanced and ironic air than is typical of Hitchcock. Charles Desvallées (Michel Bouquet) discovers that his wife, Hélène (Stéphane Audran), is cheating on him. Methodically, he hires a private detective to have her followed, and discovers her lover's identity: he is Victor Pegala (Maurice Ronet), a writer. Driving to Pegala's apartment, Charles calmly introduces himself as Hélène's husband, and then kills Pegala with off-handed diffidence. The subsequent police investigation takes numerous and twists and turns, as is typical for Chabrol. But what interests the director here primarily is not the police inquiries, or even the moral questions surrounding Charles' guilt. What, Chabrol asks, will be Hélène's response to the crime? In the final analysis, Chabrol's film is more interested in matters of the heart than in questions of guilt or innocence, and becomes a psychological investigation of the situation surrounding the murder, rather than a typical policier. Born in 1930, Chabrol is remarkably prolific, with nearly 70 films to his credit, and at this writing still actively producing films, which are at once both commercially, and aesthetically satisfying. La Femme Infidèle is one of Chabrol's key early films, and a superb introduction to the work a master filmmaker who is interested not so much in suspense, but rather in the hearts and minds of those who inhabit his morally ambiguous universe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • UPC: 825307904598
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,166

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stéphane Audran Helene
Michel Bouquet Charles
Maurice Ronet Victor
Michel Duchaussoy Police Officer Duval
Guy Marly Police Officer Gobet
Serge Bento Bignon
Jean-Marie Arnoux Flase Witness
Henri Attal Man in cafe
Michel Charrel Policeman
Louise Chevalier Maid
Henri Marteau Paul
Stephen Di Napolo
Dominique Zardi Truck driver
Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director, Screenwriter
Jacques Gaillard Editor
André Genovès Producer
André Girard Musical Direction/Supervision
Pierre Jansen Score Composer
Guy Littaye Art Director
Jean Rabier Cinematographer
Dominique Zardi Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [4:40]
2. Chapter 2 [3:28]
3. Chapter 3 [8:15]
4. Chapter 4 [3:34]
5. Chapter 5 [9:46]
6. Chapter 6 [6:29]
7. Chapter 7 [2:48]
8. Chapter 8 [5:37]
9. Chapter 9 [14:56]
10. Chapter 10 [3:04]
11. Chapter 11 [2:00]
12. Chapter 12 [6:00]
13. Chapter 13 [3:39]
14. Chapter 14 [5:47]
15. Chapter 15 [3:39]
16. Chapter 16 [6:27]
17. Chapter 17 [3:16]
18. Chapter 18 [:36]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selections
   Trailer
   Biographies
      Director Claude Chabrol
      Stephane Audran
      Michel Bouquet
   Subtitles
      English Subtiles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   DVD Production Credits
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