La Biennale di Venezia

Your are here

Cinema

Claude Chabrol - L’oeil du malin (The Third Lover)

Venice Classics



France, Italy (1962) / 91’
language French
cast Jacques Charrier, Stéphane Audran, Walther Reyer, Erika Tweer, Michael Munzer, Daniel Boulanger, Claude Romet, Louis Le Pin, Jean Davis Badin
screenplay Claude Chabrol
cinematographer Jean Rabier
editor Jacques Gaillard
music Pierre Jansen
sound Jean-Claude Marchetti
restoration curated by Studiocanal
with the support of Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée
film laboratory Hiventy

 

SYNOPSIS

Albin Mercier, a failed journalist, is writing an article in Germany. When he meets a couple who seems very close, he is jealous and sets out to destroy their relationship. He discovers that the young woman has a lover and blackmails her emotionally.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

L’oeil du malin will be seen, I hope, as a crime movie. It will be the first time I have made a film in a particular genre and respected the rules throughout. (...) But beside its genre, this film has another facet: it is a pathological study of envy. The whole film is told by the character played by Charrier (...) In this film, whose plot is quite simple and lends to suspense, I have tried to bring out ideas by the use of objects, the elements, lighting, faces, voices, the actors’ movements, the camera’s movements, their immobility, lenses and point of view shots.

L’ago nel pagliaio, conversation with Claude Chabrol in: Stefano Francia di Celle, Enrico Ghezzi and Roberto Turigliatto (eds.), L’œil du malin. Claude Chabrol. Scritti e interviste (Turin: Museo Nazionale del Cinema, 2006).

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: STUDIOCANAL
1 place du Spectacle
92863 Issy-Les-Moulineaux
Freance
Tel. +33 1 71 35 35 35
Mikey.ellis@studiocanal.com

RESTORATION BY: Studiocanal with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée

WORLD SALES: STUDIOCANAL
1, place du Spectacle
92863 Issy-Les-Moulineaux
France
Tel. +33 1 71 35 35 35
Mikey.ellis@studiocanal.com

Sala Casinò

LUNGOMARE MARCONI 1861, 30126
LIDO DI VENEZIA
TEL  0415218711
info@labiennale.org

Discover the venue


Share this page on

Biennale Cinema
Biennale Cinema