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Georg Wilhelm Pabst (adaptation)
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1 August 1930 (France) See more »
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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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)
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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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France:93 min | Germany:108 min (23 fps) (restored silent version) | USA:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A refurbished gem, 29 October 2002
Author: laursene from New York NY

I just saw MoMA's restored print of the silent version of Prix de Beaute. FAR better than the sound version, which is badly post-synched, shorter, and poorly paced. Bravo to the crew of restorationists who've given us back this fine film! (Trivia: The contract that Lucienne receives from the movie studio says on its letterhead, "Films, silent and talking" - an indication of how some studios were still hedging their bets in 1929-30.)

Brooks' performance is very much of a piece with her work in the Pabst films, but takes it in some interesting new directions - whereas Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl are about the demimonde, Prix de Beaute is about a humble young woman's introduction to the bright, shiny new world of the media, modern technology, and the fame machine that they created.

The collaboration of Pabst and Rene Clair on the screenplay is every bit as intriguing as it sounds. The first half, centering on Lucienne and her friends at the newspaper (she's a typist, her beau a linotype operator), is the Clair part - showing a fascination with recording equipment, movies, and the way the media manufactures icons. There's a sense optimism and a tremendous vigor to the life of working Paris portrayed here.

The second half is the Pabst part, where everything turns dark as Lucienne's fairy tale as a beauty queen ends and she faces life as a working class housewife. She makes her escape only to have that life catch up with her. The ending is unforgettable, forcing the viewer to consider the ways that illusion and reality become confused in modern life, sometimes tragically. Clear through, the film shows a fine sense of class distinctions - how modern life can break them down and the traps they still set. Aside from Pabst's and Clair's own films, Prix de Beaute calls to mind Dreiser's novels, particularly An American Dream and Sister Carrie. Sunset Boulevard is anticipated as well. Makes one regret all the more American studios' indifference to Brooks - there was so much she could have done with any number of classic American roles.

Brooks' work here is easily as good as her performances in the Pabst films, and Mate's and Nee's cinematography renders her stunning to look at. What a supremely expressive face! Too bad that this would be her last great film - not a full-blown classic, but a real gem.

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