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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.

Director:

René Clair

Writers:

René Clair (scenario), René Clair (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Philipe ... Claude - un jeune compositeur rêveur
Martine Carol ... Edmée 1900 / Edmée de Villebois
Gina Lollobrigida ... La caissière du Grand Café / Leïla 1830
Magali Vendeuil 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
Raymond Cordy ... Gaston / Le marquis
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Léon - le gendarme
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Le facteur / Un révolutionnaire
Palau ... Le vieux monsieur qui critique toutes les époques
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Paul - le pharmacien
Paolo Stoppa ... Le directeur de l'Opéra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Le Choeur Marguerite Mercier Le Choeur Marguerite Mercier ... Les choristes
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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

Alternate Versions

The dubbed Italian version incorporates shots of road signs written in Italian. See more »

Connections

Referenced in New Reports from France: Chroniques de France N° 11 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Belles de Nuit
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by René Clair
Performed by Martine Carol, Gina Lollobrigida and Magali Vendeuil
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A French Walter Mitty
7 July 2003 | by davoSee all my reviews

The protagonist's situation is similar to Walter Mitty's, expect that his fantasies are not waking ones, but rather, occur when he drops off to sleep, and they don't always go the way he'd have them go. The device of dream narratives shows Clair's fidelity to his surrealist roots, especially during the dream debut of the main character's "opera". I was surprised at how low other users rated this film, but I guess it's in keeping with Maltin's opinion that Clair's films after WWII were not up to his prewar standards. Ignorance is bliss, I guess: I thought it was great! Perhaps the character development is somewhat superficial, but the film is funny and fast-paced, with good production values and appealing principals.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauties of the Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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