Just Before Nightfall — Claude Chabrol, Auteur

Though greater fame went to his “French New Wave” colleagues Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol’s films may, in the end, be more brilliant, more long-lasting, more the films of a director with a singular vision, a complex view of the entangled complications of human interactions. From his 50 plus film career, we are thrilled to be able to share four of his best with our audiences every Saturday in October.

Our exciting October Claude Chabrol series continues with what may well be his finest film. JUST BEFORE NIGHTFALL opens with a murder. The murdered woman is the wife of Charles Masson’s (Michel Bouquet)’s best friend. They’ve been having a kinky affair for some months. He’s not sure whether he wanted to murder her. He leaves the scene of the crime and reenters the routine of his life, apparently safe and totally unsuspected. He’s married to an elegant woman (the magnificent Stephane Audran, Chabrol’s then wife) and has a couple of nice kids and an offbeat house that was designed by the victim’s husband. Charles attends the funeral, consoles the husband, and realizes the police will never pick up his trail. But then he starts having trouble sleeping at night; his crime obsesses him, and he’s overcome with the need to confess to someone….perhaps his wife? A truly amazing film. In French with English subtitles. 1971. Unrated. 100 Min.

Tickets: $9 ($5 for students)*

* Railroad Square Cinema punchcards, comp tickets and membership privileges do not apply.

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