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The Proud and the Beautiful (1953)

Les orgueilleux (original title)
Life in a small Mexican village where joy and misery, hope and pain, passion and guilt, love and decay, life and death are mixed in the peasants life and two French citizens who end up stranded in there, during a typhoid epidemic.


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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Don Rodrigo, Hotel Owner
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André Toffel ...
Tom - French Tourist
Arturo Soto Rangel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josefina Escobedo ...
Bonita, Rosa's Sister
Jaime Fernández ...
Bus Driver
Chel López ...
Lucrecia Muñoz ...
Rosa, George's Lover
Beatriz Ramos ...
Brothel Madam
Guillermo Segura
Salvador Terroba ...
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Release Date:

25 November 1953 (France)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jean-Paul Sartre wrote ten drafts for screenplays to be used by Columbia Pictures, of which only three were typed down. The other seven were sort of rejected, and one of these, 'Typhus' came to be the obvious inspiration for Les orgueilleux/Los Orgullosos, Yves Allégret's co-production with Mexico. The film won the Bronze Lion in the 1953 Venice Film Festival, ex-aequo with I Was a Parish Priest (1953), Pickup on South Street (1953), and The Landowner's Daughter (1953), and also a Special Prize from the same Jury. When the film was nominated for Best Writing, Motion Picure Story, for the 1957 Academy Awards - in the wake of the film's release in the USA, with promotional materials emphasizing it was "Jean-Paul Sartre's The Proud and the Beautiful", the French philosopher disowned his authorship. The film has also been said to be based on Sartre's novel, "L'amour redempteur"... which he never wrote! This myth did not end, even after its exposure as such in "Feature Cinema in the 20th Century: Volume One: 1913-1950: a Comprehensive Guide", by By Jacek Klinowski et al. See more »


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A dull movie
18 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I sat through this movie this evening, forcing myself to stick with it even though I never cared about any of the characters or what happened to them, because the two leads, Gérard Philippe and Michèle Morgan, were major film stars of their era and I wanted to see them in "something different," which this certainly was. They both gave fine performances, but of distasteful characters.

Indeed, the whole movie is about a shabby little town in Mexico inhabited by almost uniformly distasteful characters (the doctor is, of course, the major exception). What Michèle Morgan ever sees in Philippe to fall in love with him is never explained.

This is supposedly based on a work by Jean-Paul Sartre. All I could think was that, if Sartre's work is anything like this movie, it must be a very mediocre attempt at imitating Camus' masterful novel The Plague, which dealt with a plague in North Africa.

A well-acted but uninteresting movie.

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