|THE CHAMPAGNE MURDERS (LE SCANDALE) (director: Claude Chabrol; screenwriters: story by William Benjamin/Claude Brule/Derek Prouse/Paul Gegauff; cinematographer: Jean Rabier; editor: Jacques Gaillard; music: Pierre Jansen; cast: Anthony Perkins (Christopher Balling), Maurice Ronet (Paul Wagner), Stephane Audran (Jacqueline), Yvonne Furneaux (Christine Balling), Suzanne Lloyd (Evelyn); Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Raymond Eger; Universal; 1967-France-dubbed in English)|
it advances its contrivances the more bubbly
it becomes and the less sense it makes."
by Dennis Schwartz
uninvolving but stylish psychological thriller from
Claude Chabrol ("Inspector
Bellamy"/"The Flower of Evil"/"The
Swindle") that is realized more for its satire than
plot. The story is by William Benjamin. The lame
script is by Claude Brule, Derek
Prouse and Paul Gegauff.
tale revolves around a greedy champagne millionaire (Yvonne
Furneaux) whose partner refuses to sell the
business to an American conglomerate for a large
profit. The champagne factory owner gets her gigolo
ex-husband (Anthony Perkins) and her secretary (Stephane
Audran) to scheme to make her unstable eccentric
alcoholic partner (Maurice Ronet),
recently in a car accident, think he's a murderer and
thereby hope this will stop him from screwing up the
unpleasant thriller offensively comes with a rash of
murders. The more it advances its contrivances the
more bubbly it becomes and the less sense it makes.
This is one of Chabrol's poorer efforts, and should be
avoided if viewed when sober.
REVIEWED ON 10/10/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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