Claude Chabrol was a French film director and a member of the French New Wave group of filmmakers who first came to prominence at the end of the 1950’s. Like his colleagues and contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, Chabrol was a critic for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinema before beginning his career as a film maker.
Chabrol’s career began with Le Beau Serge (1958), inspired by Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943). Thrillers became something of a trademark for Chabrol, with an approach characterized by a distanced objectivity. This is especially apparent in Les Biches (1968), La Femme infidele (1969), and Le Boucher (1970) – all featuring Stephane Audran, who was his wife at the time.