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Beauties of the Night (1952)

Les belles de nuit (original title)
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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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 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


Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Connections

Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.35 (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Je vous reverrai chaque nuit
Written by Georges Van Parys
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But for the great Philippe!...
8 April 2009 | by adrian290357See all my reviews

Gérard Philippe is, as ever, great to watch and one is constantly reminded of what a great loss it was that he should have died of a heart attack in 1959 at the comparatively young age of 37.

Otherwise, it is a rather pointless and wishful movie that ultimately saps the musician/artist portrayed by Philippe of any sympathy the public might still have for him. The script appears to go all over the place and one is never sure whether the screenwriter actually sat down and thought it through or just typed it all in one sitting. As for the director, René Clair cannot have been too personally involved if he allowed such a shoddy job to be the result.

I love French culture, and French films and music in particular, but I am afraid this is a most disappointing specimen that -- for its sins -- even manages to suffer from pretentiousness.

I must make it clear that my views on this film have nothing to do with the reviews of Leonard Maltin or anyone else. The movie is so poor that even some great visual moments and Philippe's bravura performance cannot rescue it (though they earn it my very kind 6).


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