Les Belles de Nuit

Les Belles de Nuit


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Director René Clair insisted that his 1952 production Beauties of the Night (Les Belles du Nuit) was intended as a comic variation on Griffith's multipart Intolerance (1916). The Clair film deals with a disillusioned music teacher (Gérard Philipe) who dreams of the beautiful women of history, envisioning himself as the central male figure in each dream. The imaginary ladies (including such internationally famous lovelies as Martine Carol and Gina Lollobrigida) begin converging on the hero all at once, much to the delight of both Philipe and the audience. At several junctures, Clair revives a technique from his earliest talkies by having the characters sing their lines and thoughts rather than speaking them. These treasured musical moments are somewhat dissipated when Beauties of the Night is seen in an edited, redubbed American print -- which also "fudges" the film's notorious Gina Lollobrigida nude scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827533527
Original Release: 1952
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 23,871

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Philipe Claude
Martine Carol Edmee
Gina Lollobrigida Leila
Magali Vendeuil Suzanne
Marilyn Buferd Madame Bonacieux
Raymond Cordy Gaston
Jean Parédès Paul, the pharmacist
Palau The Old Gentleman
Raymond Bussières Roger
Paul Demange Actor
Bernard Dheran Actor
Bernard Lajarrige Leon the policeman
Henri Marchand Henri
Albert Michel Postman
Paolo Stoppa Actor

Technical Credits
René Clair Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Léon Barsacq Production Designer
Rosine Delamare Costumes/Costume Designer
Louisette Hautecoeur Editor
Robert Juillard Cinematographer
Louis Nee Cinematographer
Armand Thirard Cinematographer
Georges Van Parys Score Composer

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