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The Proud and the Beautiful (1953)

Les orgueilleux (original title)
Life in a small Mexican village where joy and misery, hope and pain, passion and guilt, love and decay, life and death are mixed in the peasants life and two French citizens who end up stranded in there, during a typhoid epidemic.

Directors:

Yves Allégret, Rafael E. Portas (co-director)

Writers:

Jean Aurenche (scenario), Jean Aurenche (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michèle Morgan ... Nellie, Tom's Wife
Gérard Philipe ... Georges, Former French Doctor
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Don Rodrigo, Hotel Owner
Carlos López Moctezuma ... Doctor
Michèle Cordoue Michèle Cordoue ... Anna, Rodrigo's Lover
André Toffel André Toffel ... Tom - French Tourist
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josefina Escobedo Josefina Escobedo ... Bonita, Rosa's Sister
Jaime Fernández ... Bus Driver
Chel López Chel López ... Pickpocket
Lucrecia Muñoz Lucrecia Muñoz ... Rosa, George's Lover
Beatriz Ramos Beatriz Ramos ... Brothel Madam
Guillermo Segura Guillermo Segura
Salvador Terroba Salvador Terroba ... Post Office Client
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Storyline

The first to die in an epidemic of meningitis in Vera Cruz is a French tourist. His wife Nellie, detached and indifferent, feels little grief and realizes that her coldness is her own doom. Over the next two days, she is attracted to George, a local drunk who does odd jobs for brothels and dances grotesquely for tourists in exchange for drinks. George has his own dark secret, a tragedy he caused that leaves him with a death wish. In assisting the local doctor to cope with the epidemic, these two emotional cripples enable each other to rediscover reasons to live and to love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Strips Bare of Prim Morality a Side of Love That Women Won't Admit - Even to Themselves! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

France | Mexico

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

25 November 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Proud and the Beautiful See more »

Filming Locations:

Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jean-Paul Sartre wrote ten drafts for screenplays to be used by Columbia Pictures, of which only three were typed down. The other seven were sort of rejected, and one of these, 'Typhus' came to be the obvious inspiration for Les orgueilleux/Los Orgullosos, Yves Allégret's co-production with Mexico. The film won the Bronze Lion in the 1953 Venice Film Festival, ex-aequo with I Was a Parish Priest (1953), Pickup on South Street (1953), and The Landowner's Daughter (1953), and also a Special Prize from the same Jury. When the film was nominated for Best Writing, Motion Picure Story, for the 1957 Academy Awards - in the wake of the film's release in the USA, with promotional materials emphasizing it was "Jean-Paul Sartre's The Proud and the Beautiful", the French philosopher disowned his authorship. The film has also been said to be based on Sartre's novel, "L'amour redempteur"... which he never wrote! This myth did not end, even after its exposure as such in "Feature Cinema in the 20th Century: Volume One: 1913-1950: a Comprehensive Guide", by By Jacek Klinowski et al. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bachelor Party (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

La Tête à l'Ombre
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Paul Misraki
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11 August 2006 | by robreic@bigfoot.comSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out, have not seen it since, but have remembered it vividly all these years. Seldom, if ever, has a film held me riveted the way this one did. Of course, I would have paid to see Michele Morgan read the Manhattan phone book, especially attired in a slip (no, I am not a lezzie). The mood created by the meningitis epidemic in Mexico and the sexual tension, created mostly by Morgan, are more enveloping than real life. This remains one of my top 10 - perhaps top 5 - favorite movies of all time. For the life of me, I cannot understand why there is neither a VHS nor a DVD version available, apparently anywhere. What can be done to rectify this situation? For years, I moaned about the lack of a DVD of The Informer. Now, one is available but only as part of the overpriced John Ford collection of some of his lesser films.

Jen


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