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Denys Amiel (play)
Germaine Dulac (screenplay)
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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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and style-full feminist movie., 2 March 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

"La Souriante Madame Beudet" is mostly interesting and a classic because of its unusual and daring theme, for its time. Back in the '20's women rights weren't exactly regarded as the most important or relevant things, to put it mildly. Women were often oppressed and restrained in their marriage, to mainly only household chores, as is shown in this movie about a woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage.

Of course there is not much to the story, it's just purely about its theme. The movie follows the life of the husband and wife over a couple of days, in which she gets humiliated and has to do humiliating chores for her husband. She starts thinking about taking revenge but the intelligent woman is soon stricken with remorse. The movie shows the position of the woman in everyday life and it of course does so by exaggerating things to make its point. Normally we only know French movies for its perfect and romantic love stories. This is a whole different piece of cake.

The movie is made in a style-full fashion, which makes the movie really interesting to watch, even for todays standards. The movie has some interesting camera positions, such as a couple of over-shoulder shots. But also the storytelling is interesting and style-full, such as in the sequences were the husband is faking emotions and in the background the mirror opens with a couple of hand-puppets playing the exact same scene, with the words 'all theater' appearing. It makes the imaginative Germaine Dulac directing also one of the highlights of the movie.

Alexandre Arquillière is brilliantly repulsive as the husband and Germaine Dermoz is great as the obviously more intelligent wife. There are a couple of more characters but the movie does a good job at concentrating mostly purely on the two main character were after all the movie and its plot is all about of course.

In todays perspective, the movie is both interesting and beautiful to watch.


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