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The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923)
"La souriante Madame Beudet" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Germaine Dermoz ...
Madame Beudet
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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9 November 1923 (France)  »

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Das Lächeln der Madame Beudet  »

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Good example of French impressionistic style
2 December 1999 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

This film is only useful to those studying the French impressionistic style of film making or the issues surrounding women early this century. As a film it is throughly uninspiring. I saw it in film class and it demonstrated what I had been learning about but I would not recommend it to anyone who does not have an academic interest of some sort.

Its plot is simply recounts a few days in the life of a repressed French housewife. Its main focus is how Madame Beudet views her life and her histrionic husband. As you might have guessed the title is meant to be sarcastic.


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