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Beauties of the Night (1952)

Les belles de nuit (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Music | April 1954 (USA)
A young composer has vivid dreams of the past that reflect, yet conflict with his waking life.

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Claude - un jeune compositeur rêveur
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Edmée 1900 / Edmée de Villebois
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La caissière du Grand Café / Leïla 1830
Magali Vendeuil ...
Suzanne - la fille du garagiste / Suzanne 1789
Marilyn Buferd ...
La postière / Madame Bonacieux (as Marylin Bufferd)
Raymond Bussières ...
Roger - le garagiste / le tambour
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Gaston / Le marquis
Bernard La Jarrige ...
Léon - le gendarme (as Bernard Lajarrige)
Albert Michel ...
Le facteur / Un révolutionnaire
Palau ...
Le vieux monsieur qui critique toutes les époques
Jean Parédès ...
Paul - le pharmacien
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Le directeur de l'Opéra
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Le Choeur Marguerite Mercier ...
Les choristes
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Young Claude, teacher by day, is a struggling composer by night. Alas, everyone around him seems to prefer noise to music. But in his dreams, he lives in other eras where he is appreciated, lionized, and the conquerer of delicious women (idealized forms of women he's seen in waking life). The dreams are suitably dreamlike, yet have a kind of reality, for he revisits them after waking. The conflict between waking and dream worlds leads to amusing, strange, even fantastic situations. Which world will prevail? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Bon Bon From the Master of Comedy


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Finnish censorship visa # 38333 delivered on 19-5-1953. See more »

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Referenced in Cesta zpátky (1959) See more »

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Je vous reverrai chaque nuit
Written by Georges Van Parys
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Dreams and reality struggle in this hilarious innovative comedy
31 January 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant Frech-Italian comedy by René Clair. Extremely innovative, it divides the leading character's life in two moments: when he is awaken and while he sleeps. The former is - pardon the pun - a nightmare, as he hates to teach music in the school or in private classes. Even that is not regarded as something to be respected and his neighbors think that he should have another job, such as a car mechanic. His dream of being a successful musician and composing an acknowledged opera is far from coming true. Therefore, he wants to sleep all the time, as in his dreams his life is as interesting as he wants: not only he is a successful musician but also he has the most beautiful lovers in many different moments of History. That is the most remarkable achievement of the film: the dreams are exactly how we dream

  • crazy, incoherent, changing suddenly from a situation to another
completely different, full of altered references of events in our daily life. Besides that, Gérard Philipe and all the actors do a great job. Gina Lollobrigida is particularly beautiful as the orientalist-style Algerian girl named Leïla. The unrealistic scenario works quite well in order to increase the environment of fantasy. Hilarious situations happen while Claude travels through French imaginary history in his dreams. This film makes me want to check out other movies made by René Clair.


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