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Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 3 April 1964 (USA)
A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

Robert Bresson (scenario & adaptation), Denis Diderot (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Bernard ... Jean
María Casares ... Hélène
Elina Labourdette ... Agnès
Lucienne Bogaert Lucienne Bogaert ... Mme. D
Jean Marchat Jean Marchat ... Jacques
Yvette Etiévant ... La bonne
Marcel Rouzé Marcel Rouzé
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige
Lucy Lancy Lucy Lancy
Nicole Regnault Nicole Regnault
Emma Lyonel Emma Lyonel
Marguerite de Morlaye Marguerite de Morlaye
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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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Starring the magnificent Maria Casares as 'first violin" in a 'string quartet" of 3 women and 1 man - Diderot's classic tale adapted by Jean Cocteau of a jilted woman's devastating revenge that boomeranged!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Park See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films Raoul Ploquin See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dialogue was written by writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Agnès: [on her new bedroom] I call this a prison.
Mme. D: Trees! You have a lovely view of the square.
Agnès: Am I allowed to look outside?
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Alternate Versions

The German dubbed version is about two minutes shorter, due to several cuts in the final scenes. The channel Arte screened the complete movie with the missing scenes subtitled. See more »

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Masterpiece
5 July 1999 | by GrasseSee all my reviews

It is Bresson's most accessible, classically structured film. Taken from Diderot, it is a story of love, betrayal and revenge. Why a masterpiece? Because it is one of the few films which manage to give the viewer a true sense of what love is and/or should be, of what it may achieve, avoiding the corny lexicon of romance, turning the potentially stale conventions of melodrama into an altogether plausible concoction of events, gestures, actions directly speaking to our experience. In its perfectly self-contained way it keeps showing us again and again that people may actually love each other, in spite of all.


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