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Denys Amiel (play)
Germaine Dulac (screenplay)
Release Date:
9 November 1923 (France) See more »
One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Technically well-shot, but not impressive See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armand Thirard ... Le commis (as Thirard)

Directed by
Germaine Dulac 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Denys Amiel  play
Germaine Dulac  screenplay
André Obey  play
André Obey  screenplay

Produced by
Charles Delac .... producer
Marcel Vandal .... producer
Original Music by
Manfred Knaak (score 2005)
Cinematography by
Maurice Forster 
Paul Parguel 
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor (2005)

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Also Known As:
"La souriante Madame Beudet" - France (original title)
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54 min | USA:26 min | 38 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.See more »


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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Technically well-shot, but not impressive, 12 February 2014
Author: Zepfanman from Louisville, KY

The film with English subtitles is currently on YouTube:

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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