The Twist (film)

The Twist is a 1976 film co-written and directed by Claude Chabrol. Its title in French is Folies bourgeoises (literally - bourgeois madness).

The Twist
DVD cover
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byAlexander Salkind
Ilya Salkind
Pierre Spengler
Screenplay byClaude Chabrol
Ennio de Concini
Norman Enfield
Based onLe Malheur Fou
by Lucie Faure
StarringBruce Dern
Stéphane Audran
Music byManuel De Sica
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byMonique Fardoulis
Central Cinema Company Film (CCC)
Release date
  • June 23, 1976 (1976-06-23)
Running time
107 minutes
West Germany


The film follows a bored, upper class group of Parisians who embark on a series of affairs with each other.

Principal cast

Bruce DernWilliam Brandels
Stéphane AudranClaire Brandels
Sydne RomeNathalie
Jean-Pierre CasselJacques Lavolet, l'éditeur
Ann-MargretCharlie Minerva
Maria SchellGretel
Sybil DanningLa secrétaire
Charles AznavourDr. Lartigue
Curd JürgensLe bijoutier
Tomás MiliánLe détective
Claude ChabrolLe client chez l'éditeur (uncredited)

Critical reception

Glenn Davidson of Turner Classic Movies:

[T]he story cannot decide whether it is a romantic farce, a serious look at relationships, or a setup for a series of erotic daydreams experienced by a troubled married couple... The Twist is a confused and halfhearted comedy of manners that never decides on an approach to its subject... Although the film does have a few interesting moments, it is cluttered with pointless digressions and unfunny comedy.[1]

Michael Barrett of PopMatters:

Chabrol's typical themes don't fit so well into wacky-comedy mode (given that French wacky comedies usually are no funnier than American ones) and not so easily into surreal-fantasy mode either. The chicly transgressive dreams seem intended to remind us of Luis Buñuel's French films of this era, but it suffers in the comparison. Where the film wants to be frothy and sexy, it looks grating. What tries to look smart looks dumb.[2]


  1. "The Twist (Folies bourgeoises)". Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  2. Barrett, Michael. "A Double Dose of Claude Chabrol: 'Just Before Nightfall' and 'Twist' < PopMatters". Retrieved 2011-08-25.

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