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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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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


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 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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Stream of Charm and Consciousness
20 December 2018 | by FiahmSee all my reviews

A splendidly madcap yet romantic depiction of the lure of the dreamworld on a down-at-heel composer. All told with a lot of vim and vigor but it still ends up dragging a little, never really engages the emotions, and as usual with Clair, the songs are poor.

The recurring joke from progressively older and older historical figures about how things used to be better when they were young is brilliantly executed, and the representations of the slipping in and out of the dream world reminded me of Eternal Sunshine as much as anything else.

A little too random and hit and miss overall but it's still an amazing idea for a story, perfectly realized on the technical level, and lovely to look at.


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