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By virtue of being Claude Chabrol's fiftieth film, Rien ne va plus is an important auteurist landmark. Rien ne vaplus does include self-conscious, auteunst references to Chabrol's earlier films, such as Juste avant la nuit, Les Noces rouges and Betty. Various interviews and reviews have quoted Chabrol's assertion that Rien ne vaplus is his first autobiographical film. Common with the James Bond series and Chabrol's mid-1960s work such as the two Tigres and La Route de Connthe, Rien ne va plus features exotic locations, elaborate scenes of pursuit and interrogation, outlandish thugs and an eccentric crime lord. Like the archetypal Bond film, it begins in a casino and ends in a remote, romantic hide-away. Above all, the film refers back to Chabrol's 1965 spy spoof, Marie-Chantal contre Docteur Kha. Like Chabrol, Victor is a professional, a craftsman, who steers away from grandiose projects and prides himself on his pragmatism.

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