It was directed by Claude Chabrol , and depicts a tortured lesbian relationship between the Audran and Sassard characters. While the film does not acknowledge any literary sources, it is loosely based on Patricia Highsmith 's novel, The Talented Mr. Les biches switches the gender of the main characters. At a party, Why meets an architect, Paul Thomas. She leaves the party with him. They watch as Paul sleeps with Why. The two start having an affair.
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The ballet has no story, and depicts the random interactions of a group of mainly young people in a house party on a summer afternoon. The ballet was seen in Paris and London within a year of its premiere, and has been frequently revived there; it was not produced in New York until Nijinska directed revivals of the ballet for several companies in the four decades after its creation. Les biches , with recreations of Marie Laurencin 's original costumes and scenery, remains in the repertoire of the Paris Opera Ballet , the Royal Ballet and other companies. The music has been used for later ballets, although they have not followed Nijinska's in gaining a place in the regular repertoire. The music for the original ballet contains three choral numbers. Poulenc made the choral parts optional when he revised the score in —, and the work is usually given with wholly orchestral accompaniment. The composer extracted a five-movement suite from the score, for concert performance. The suite has been recorded for LP and CD from the s onwards. Sergei Diaghilev , proprietor of the Ballets Russes, contacted Poulenc in November with a proposed commission.
Claude Chabrol's "Les Biches" depends almost entirely on style, and as style it succeeds. He is not so much interested in his story as in how to tell it. He favors muted colors, mostly pastels, and many of his scenes are shot in the light of late afternoon. His characters fit these colors and moods; they seem in a trance sometimes, moving slowly, speaking absently. And his camera movement is meticulously planned. We notice scenes where the camera and the actors move together in a sort of minuet. Three or four shots, using steps we don't see or mirrors we don't expect, have the grace of dance. Chabrol is often considered the father of the French New Wave. Usually we have to wait a year or two in Chicago to see the best new foreign films. But "Les Biches" opened here at the same time as its national release, and it's not hard to figure why.