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Claude Chabrol's Aesthetics of Opacity

Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze


Chabrol's cinema, which started (with) the Nouvelle Vague, is generally associated with a type of psychological thriller, set in the French provinces and marked by a fascination with evil, incest, fragmented families, and inscrutable female characters. This first reappraisal of his filmography (1958-2009) seeks to explore a brand new Chabrol, influenced not only by the usual suspects (Renoir, Lang and Hitchcock) but, more intriguingly, by Kubrick (in Le Boucher) and also, more conceptually and beyond film, by Balzac (the œuvre as mosaic) and Magritte (the œuvre as trompe-l’œil). An aesthetic o ... More

Keywords: Crystal-image, Nouvelle Vague, Deleuze, Balzac, Theatricalization, Reflexivity, Mise en abyme, Thriller, Heterotopia, Gothic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780748692606
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze, author
Durham University