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Director:
Writers:
René Clair (idea and adaptation) and
Georg Wilhelm Pabst (adaptation)
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Release Date:
1 August 1930 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Lucienne, typist and gorgeous bathing beauty, decides to enter the 'Miss Europe' pageant sponsored by the French newspaper she works for... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nice Camera-work Enhances Silly Beauty Contest Story See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Louise Brooks ... Lucienne Garnier
Georges Charlia ... André
Augusto Bandini ... Antonin (as H. Bandini)
André Nicolle ... Le secrétaire du journal (as A. Nicolle)
Marc Ziboulsky ... Le manager (as M. Ziboulsky)
Yves Glad ... Le maharajah
Alex Bernard ... Le photographe
Gaston Jacquet ... Le Duc
Jean Bradin ... Prince de Grabovsky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henri Crémieux
Fanny Clair ... (uncredited)
Hélène Regelly ... Lucienne (voice) (uncredited)
Raymonde Sonny ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Augusto Genina  (as A. Genina)
 
Writing credits
René Clair (idea and adaptation)

Georg Wilhelm Pabst  adaptation

Produced by
Romain Pinès .... producer
 
Original Music by
Horace Shepherd 
René Sylviano 
Wolfgang Zeller 
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté  (as R. Maté)
Louis Née 
 
Film Editing by
Edmond T. Gréville 
 
Production Design by
Robert Gys 
 
Production Management
Fernand Lefebvre .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmond T. Gréville .... assistant director (as Edmond Gréville)
 
Sound Department
E. Kratsch .... sound editor
Hermann Storr .... sound (as H. Storr)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Patou .... dresses: Louise Brooks
 
Music Department
Francis Salabert .... musical director
Horace Shepherd .... musical adaptation and synchronization
 
Other crew
Fernand Lefebvre .... stage manager
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prix de beauté (Miss Europe)" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
France:93 min | Germany:108 min (23 fps) (restored silent version) | USA:93 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Opening night film of the 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Lulu in Berlin (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Je n'ai qu'un amour, c'est toiSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Nice Camera-work Enhances Silly Beauty Contest Story, 24 March 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

With lots of sunshine, gauzy light and shadow filtering through windows and into rooms, tracking shots moving through crowds with hand-held camera, quick-paced editing and extreme close-ups here and there, the photography is the thing in this interesting, artistically done film.

The plot of this film starts out as a bit of fluff about a beauty contest. The film begins on a warm Sunday at the local swimming pool, where we meet the lovely Lucienne aka Lulu (played by Louise Brooks) - a bit of a show-off in front of the gawking men by poolside, she soon decides to enter herself to represent France in the Miss Europe beauty contest, much to the chagrin of her very jealous, stick-in-the-mud fiancé (a pretty annoying fellow, really). Strutting down the runway the ten contestants display themselves in swimsuits, while the winner is chosen as the contestant who receives the longest applause (I was wondering, couldn't the girls just walk slower to prolong their length of time - and thus applause - on the catwalk?!). Lulu is soon being chased by a Prince and a Maharaja, but her hot-headed beau doesn't like the attentions paid to her by other men or her adoring public, for that matter (I guess he just wants her in his house, cooking his meals, and staying out of sight, eh?!).

Louise Brooks is beautiful and charming, her presence helps enhance this film, but it's really the way it is photographed that held my interest the most. A bit distracting is the odd dubbed sound, which is a bit off. The print on this version looked very clear and full of nice contrast though. Watching this I just tried to overlook the sound problems and watch the film visually, and I found the movie to be excellent, well worth seeing.

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