Fool's Mate (1956 film)

Fool's Mate (French: Le Coup du berger) is a twenty-eight-minute short film directed by Jacques Rivette. It stars Virginie Vitry as a wife cheating on her husband (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze). When her lover (Jean-Claude Brialy) buys her a mink coat, the adulterous pair hatch a plan to avoid her husband's questioning the coat's origins.

Fool's Mate
Le Coup du berger
Directed byJacques Rivette
Produced byPierre Braunberger
Claude Chabrol
Screenplay byJacques Rivette
Claude Chabrol
Charles Bitsch
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StarringVirginie Vitry
Anne Doat
Etienne Loinod
Jean-Claude Brialy
Music byFrançois Couperin
CinematographyCharles Bitsch
Edited byDenise de Casabianca
Les Films de la Pleïade
Release date
Running time
28 min

Fool's Mate is considered by some to be the first film of the French New Wave, or the movement's earliest antecedent. Released in 1956, the film is something of a curio thanks to a scene in which Rivette and New Wave contemporaries Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, and François Truffaut are seen in the same room as party guests.

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