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René Clair (idea and adaptation) and
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Release Date:
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)

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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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should be judged on its technical merit, and based on that it's overrated, 11 March 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Please Note: I see from the various posts that there was an original silent version and also a sound version of this same film. I saw the sound version and it was esthetically yicky. Considering some indicate that the original version was LONGER and without crappy dubbing, my review must be read with this in mind.

Although I know that Rene Clair has a lovely reputation as a film maker and Louise Brooks has a bit of a cult following as well, this is in many ways a technically poorly made film. While Hollywood had already pretty much switched to sound mode around 1929, up through the early to almost the mid-30s, a lot of famous French films were essentially silent films--with some dialog and sound effects very poorly slapped over top the film. The lip movements in many, and in particular this film, don't even come close to matching what is being said and this would explain why an American like Ms. Brooks could do a French film. This is just sloppy and I would have preferred they had just made a silent film--and as a silent film this is would have been an average film--with excellent camera work (at times) and some decent silent-style acting.

The problem I also found with the film was the overly simplistic plot. For a silent morality play circa 1920, it would have been fine, but by 1930 standards the plot is a bit hoary (that means "old"--not "slutty"). A lady wins a beauty contest and her macho fiancé can't handle it. She gives it all up, temporarily, but is lured back to the fancy life and this spells her end! A tad melodramatic, huh? And also a bit simplistic and underdeveloped.

Finally, the character of the fiancé's friend(?) I found very disturbing and unreal. He looked like Harold Lloyd and spent much of the movie being abused and picked on by the friend and everyone else. As he just took it throughout the movie and no resolution came about, his character seemed superfluous and the treatment he received mean-spirited. Were audiences supposed to laugh as he was abused? This seems to me that's what is implied and I don't like it at all.

There are FAR better French films of the era (Le Million, La Femme du Boulanger, Fanny, Regain, and others) as well as better silent films. I just can't understand this film's high rating.

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