Claude Chabrol, 1930 - 2010
Another great filmmaker has left us.
I've managed to only see a handful of his films. Most are suspense films hence he was considered the French Hitchcock. But too his films have an eye on class. Many of his characters are working or middle class who come into conflict with the upper class. And there is always a murder in there somewhere. His direction was always controlled but not so tightely controlled that he railroaded the narrative from start to finish. Instead he often develops characters within a particular setting and then spins the tale from there all the while leaving a bit of suspense and a little surprise to jolt us out of our complacency.
Of his many films the ones I highly recommend that I have seen are:
Le beau serge
Les bonnes femmes
This Man Must Die
But there are so many more to catch up with. Mubi has some great links.