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The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923)

La souriante Madame Beudet (original title)
One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Germaine Dermoz ...
Alexandre Arquillière ...
Monsieur Beudet
Jean d'Yd ...
Monsieur Labas
Yvette Grisier ...
La bonne
Madeleine Guitty ...
Madame Labas
Raoul Paoli ...
Le champion de tennis
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Armand Thirard ...
Le commis (as Thirard)
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One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. One day, while the husband is away, she puts bullets in the revolver. However, she is stricken with remorse and tries to retrieve the bullets the next morning. Her husband gets to the revolver first only this time he points the revolver at her. Written by Anurag Garg <garo@cs.ucla.edu>

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Das Lächeln der Madame Beudet  »

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Technically well-shot, but not impressive
12 February 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The film with English subtitles is currently on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VA8NBhipvs

This is the 2005 Arte version, which appears to be the most commonly available. Soundtrack by Manfred Knaak, performed by the Kontraste ensemble, 38 minute runtime. IMDb lists the film as 54 minutes long; I'm curious if this is a longer version of the film or just a slower film speed.

As for my opinion of the film itself, I did not find it very engaging or entertaining. Much of my impression of silent films is influenced by the soundtrack and I found this small orchestral score to be average at best. I appreciate the historic value of the film as (one of?) the first woman- centered film(s) and it was technically well-shot.


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