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Born in Paris, Claude Chabrol was evacuated from the war-torn city and grew up in the village of Sardent, where he and a friend set up a makeshift cinema in a barn. Returning to Paris after it was liberated, Chabrol became a fixture in the post-war cinémathèques, where he met the young Turks of film criticism, Cahiers du Cinéma?s François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer, men with whom he shared an artistic vision. A long-time admirer of Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock, Chabrol was asked to contribute articles to Cahiers, a publication for which he would continue to write for many years.
In 1958, Chabrol returned to Sardent to shoot his first film, Le Beau Serge (Handsome Serge) with money from his then-wife?s inheritance. It was a triumph: direct and simplistic in style, the film is credited as the first fil...

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