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The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923)

La souriante Madame Beudet (original title)
An unhappily married woman devises a scheme to get rid of her husband.


Germaine Dulac


Denys Amiel (play), Germaine Dulac (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Germaine Dermoz ... Madame Beudet
Alexandre Arquillière Alexandre Arquillière ... Monsieur Beudet
Jean d'Yd Jean d'Yd ... Monsieur Labas
Yvette Grisier Yvette Grisier ... La bonne
Madeleine Guitty ... Madame Labas
Raoul Paoli Raoul Paoli ... Le champion de tennis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armand Thirard Armand Thirard ... Le commis (as Thirard)


One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. One day, while the husband is away, she puts bullets in the revolver. However, she is stricken with remorse and tries to retrieve the bullets the next morning. Her husband gets to the revolver first only this time he points the revolver at her. Written by Anurag Garg <garo@cs.ucla.edu>

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Short | Drama


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Dulac's memorable classic!
8 October 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I studied Women and Film with author, Dr. Sandy Flitterman-Lewis at Rutgers University and this is one of the many films that we watched in the viewing. Germaine Dulac provided us a glimpse into the life of women in France during Pre-World War II era and Post World War I world. Paris was a city who loved the arts at the time and was thriving with literary salons and American expatriates as well. Germaine Dulac never captured as much attention but she should have been on league with her male counterparts like Jean Epstein and others. Sadly, the war and the depression may have ended her career like so many others. We can only imagine what might have been if Germaine Dulac had been given the same advantages that her male counterparts received during that time. But she was one of the lucky ones to get the experienced to direct such films like this that are controversial and eye opening as well. Language is not necessary since sound didn't come until the 1930s and Germaine's career went elsewhere.

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Release Date:

9 November 1923 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A sorridente senhora Beudet See more »

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Colisée Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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