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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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  (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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Dulac's memorable classic!, 8 October 2006
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I studied Women and Film with author, Dr. Sandy Flitterman-Lewis at Rutgers University and this is one of the many films that we watched in the viewing. Germaine Dulac provided us a glimpse into the life of women in France during Pre-World War II era and Post World War I world. Paris was a city who loved the arts at the time and was thriving with literary salons and American expatriates as well. Germaine Dulac never captured as much attention but she should have been on league with her male counterparts like Jean Epstein and others. Sadly, the war and the depression may have ended her career like so many others. We can only imagine what might have been if Germaine Dulac had been given the same advantages that her male counterparts received during that time. But she was one of the lucky ones to get the experienced to direct such films like this that are controversial and eye opening as well. Language is not necessary since sound didn't come until the 1930s and Germaine's career went elsewhere.

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