The late Claude Chabrol was the most prolific filmmaker to emerge from the French New Wave of the late 1950s. He was also the first of that group of critics-turned-directors to make a feature (1958’s Le Beau Serge), and entered a golden period during the late 1960s and early 1970s when he produced a string of masterpieces. The most celebrated of all his films, The Butcher is a magnificent thriller that is also a tragic love story. Set in an attractive French village where the local butcher (Jean Yanne), a war veteran and tortured soul, shyly courts the beautiful yet sexually repressed schoolmistress (Stephane Audran), it is both a celebration of civilised values and a subtle expose of the menace lurking beneath the calm façade. There’s a series of brutal killings and tension mounts as the teacher suspects the butcher she is drawn to may be responsible for the crimes. Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh will introduce the screening.