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Club de femmes (1936)

A hotel for women-only and catering to working girls is the setting for not being able to get a USA PCA seal-of-approval for this French-film, but New York City's 55th Playhouse played it ... See full summary »

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Jacques Deval

Writers:

Jacques Deval (screenplay), Jacques Deval (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danielle Darrieux ... Claire Derouve
Betty Stockfeld ... Greta Kremmer
Else Argal Else Argal ... Alice Hermin
Raymond Galle Raymond Galle ... Robert
Ève Francis ... Madame Fargeton - la directrice de l'hôtel
Valentine Tessier Valentine Tessier ... Gabrielle Aubry - la doctoresse
Josette Day ... Juliette
Junie Astor ... Hélène - la standardiste
Kissa Kouprine Kissa Kouprine ... Lucile
Marion Delbo Marion Delbo ... Françoise
Martine Mouneyres Martine Mouneyres ... Jacqueline
Carol Royce Carol Royce ... Georgette
Colette Proust Colette Proust
Marie-Claire Pissaro Marie-Claire Pissaro ... Madeleine
Elisa Ruis Elisa Ruis ... La jeune fille enivrée
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A hotel for women-only and catering to working girls is the setting for not being able to get a USA PCA seal-of-approval for this French-film, but New York City's 55th Playhouse played it anyway. Along the way the audience meets the girl who sneaked her lover into her no-men-allowed room and her patch soon turns blue; a young lady with a passionate intensity who chooses another young lady as the object of her affections; the blindly-misguided director of the hotel, another lady of real easy virtue who is not the one who smuggled her lover into her room; and a girl who is only there as a procurer for a slavery ring. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 August 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Long before Ozon's "8 femmes"(2002) and even George Cukor's "Women"(1939) ,this is the first movie with an all-female cast -with one little exception-.And despite an awful sound ,it is a very enjoyable movie.By the way,the running time in France in about 92 min,so the precedent user did not miss much.It should be restored because of its poor quality.

It takes place in a no-man-enters boarding-house,but a big one :150 lodgers under a matronly watchful head's eye.This is a good-hearted woman beneath that severe exterior.The center of this rather comfortable place is a huge swimming-pool where the characters meet every day.

Danielle Darrieux is the only name which is still famous today:she is in "8 femmes " which I mention above.She is now a delightful old lady ,she was then a charming girl with a pouty mouth and a bright smile.In the movie ,she succeeds -which is a considerable feat- in bringing her squeeze into the house:she dresses him up as a woman and claims he's her first cousin.(She's nice ,says the head,while looking at this strange lodger,but how bad she walks!).It was probably influenced by "fanfare d'amour" (Richard Pottier,1935) which Billy Wilder remade as "some like it hot" in 1959.They will make (oh dear!) a baby in this honorable place,but she will be forgiven because... (well I won't give a clue)

What might seem stranger is the presence of a lesbian;at the time homosexuality was completely banned unless it was ridiculed like in "circonstances atténuantes" (1939) where a gay ended up married with children at the end.Here,the actress plays her character with conviction and subtlety:her problem lies in the fact she's in love with the dumbest girl in the house .In order to seduce her,she gives her spelling lessons.But her love cannot understand anything.Of course this subplot will all end in disaster,but the head's attitude -she probably understood the whole thing- is not what you would call "politically correct".This episode was certainly influenced by Léontine Sagan's "Mädchen in Uniform" (1931).

Men,go your way! says the head as she unveils the founder's bust.Later,it will snow on it and it 's a transparent metaphor:with one exception,every girl actually dreams of her Prince Charming.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

26 August 1937 (USA) See more »

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