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Thursday July 18th 2024

Le Boucher | 1969

A typically Hitchcockian thriller from Claude Chabrol, with a serial killer haunting a small French village.

It’s filmed around the Dordogne area of southwest France, where the town itself is Trémolat, a beautiful little village close to the Cingle de Trémolat, a great bend in the Dordogne River, about 70 miles east of Bordeaux.

There's a grisly discovery when schoolteacher Hélène (Stéphane Audran) takes her charges on a trip to visit the famous Cougnac Caves (Grottes de Cougnac), around 20 miles southeast of Trémolat.

The cave system, with its fantastic stalactite formations, is a couple of miles north of Gourdon.

Discovered in 1949 and 1952, the underground grottoes also contain numerous cave paintings dating from the Palaeolithic Era, around 30,000 years ago, and in the same region as the famous Lascaux Caves.