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Passion collides with bourgeois values in the films of Claude Chabrol, the founder of French new wave cinema. Born June 24, 1930, in Paris, Chabrol began his career with 1958's Le Beau Serge, which he modeled after director Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt.

Thrillers would become Chabrol's hallmark, but he also acquired a reputation for approaching his subjects with a distanced objectivity. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Les Biches (1968), La Femme Infidèle (1969) and Le Boucher (1970) -- films starring his then-wife, Stéphane Audran.

In 1978, Chabrol cast Isabelle Huppert as the title character in Violette Nozière, the story of a teenage girl convicted of patricide. The role brought Huppert Best Actress honors at the Cannes Film Festival, and the pair went on to make many more movies together, including two of Chabrol's greatest: Madame Bovary (1991) and La Ceremonie (1996). He died Sept. 12, 2010.

Claude Chabrol in Inspector Bellamy

Inspector Bellamy

2009 NR

From renowned French director Claude Chabrol comes this intriguingly low-key police thriller in which vacationing detective Paul Bellamy (Gérard Depardieu) can't keep himself from getting involved when a mystery rears its head on holiday. Of course, his wife (Marie Bunel) is less than thrilled to share her vacation with criminals, and when Bellamy's brother pays an unexpected visit, the family tensions ratchet up as high as the professional ones.

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