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Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  3 April 1964 (USA)
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A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Bernard ...
Jean
María Casares ...
Hélène
Elina Labourdette ...
Agnès
Lucienne Bogaert ...
Mme. D
Jean Marchat ...
Jacques
Yvette Etiévant ...
La bonne
Marcel Rouzé
Bernard La Jarrige
Lucy Lancy
Nicole Regnault
Emma Lyonel
Marguerite de Morlaye
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Storyline

Hélène understands that Jean doesn't love her anymore. She is full of grief and anger, and she starts brooding on revenge. When she meets Jean, she pretends herself to be the one that has ceased to love the other. Jean is relieved, because now he thinks they can part as friends. Hélène goes to a night club, where a young woman, Agnès, is a famous dancer. Agnés has been forced into this life of debauchery and courtesanship because of poverty. She hates it and all the lecherous men. Hélène has met Agnès and her mother several years ago, and after the show she looks them up. She says that she will help them to leave this degrading life. The next day they shall move to an apartment she has rented, and stay there anonymously. Some days later she arranges a seemingly spontaneous meeting between Jean and Agnès in the Bois de Boulogne. Jean immediately falls in love with Agnès, who he thinks is an innocent girl from the countryside. Fueled by Hélène, and by Agnès's resistance, his infatuation... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Drama | Romance

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3 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Ladies of the Park  »

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When Agnes is dancing in the club, her costume changes between when she is dancing and when she goes to her dressing room. The lower edge of the costume on her thighs varies between a straight edge and a ruffled one. See more »

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[last lines]
Agnès: You're here. In time perhaps you'll forgive me. But don't hurry. So many honest girls become dishonest women. Perhaps I'll show the opposite can happen. I'm not yet worthy of having you come close to me. Wait. Just leave me a little hope. Then you can judge my behaviour. I'll be happy if you can bear my presence. Show me a corner of your house where I can live. I'll stay there without protest. I'm not evil. I know myself. I was weak. And I was in love with you. That's my only excuse...
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Surprisingly good.
8 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A minor film in Bresson's filmography, still surprisingly good though. There is really a lot of craft put in the film, the shaping of the lights and shadows, if you pay attention, various objects are put purposefully next to the characters to represent their current emotional state (the flowers, ivory jars etc.) . 

Is a story mainly about revenge, but also deals with subjects such as oppressive exterior forces vs the individuals will, manipulation, and a very obvious critic to the socialites and their behavior. Interesting I'd say, though it kinda drag at times. Oh, and I liked very much Maria Casares acting too. By far the best of the entire cast. 

This is also the last Bresson's film to feature a cast entirely composed of professional actors. 

A 7.5 is a fair rating. 


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