Cinema: Is Killing Women Bad?

Landru. The New Wave, which surf-boarded French Moviemaker Claude Chabrol to fame in Le Beau Serge and Les Cousins, is receding, and the beach is littered with reels of cinematic flotsam. A fair sample is this Chabrol film based on the macabre amours of Henri Desire Lan dru, a French antique dealer, who whiled away World War I by having affairs with 283 women, only 273 of whom survived.

The screenplay and dialogue are by Françoise Sagan; she and Chabrol started out to do a picture about the life of George Sand, but became...

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