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Arletty



One of the most beautiful women ever captured on celluloid, French actress Arletty was a stage performer for ten years before her 1930 film debut in Un Chien Qui Rapporte. Somewhat daunted by this movie experience, Arletty withdrew from films for a while to fully train herself in adapting her techniques for the camera. The actress hit her cinematic stride just when the Germans marched into France in 1940; nonetheless, she continued to make films, losing none of her popularity. Although her forte was in portraying down-to-earth women of the world, Arletty is best remembered by film students for her etherial role as a mysterious "femme fatale" beloved by most of the male cast in Les Enfants du Paradis (1944). The film, which celebrated the freedom of the human spirit and which featured several fugitive members of the French Underground, is nowadays regarded as an implicit attack against the Nazi occupation troops. In this context, it is ironic that once the war ended, Arletty would spend several years in prison, charged with conducting an affair with a German military officer. Despite a period of relative disgrace, Arletty continued acting into the 1960s, respected for her acting skills by those who could no longer love her. One of Arletty's final screen appearances was a fleeting cameo as an elderly occupation-era Frenchwoman in the internationally produced epic The Longest Day (1962).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Boléro
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Paris la belle (Paris the Beautiful)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Les Ennemis du Cinema
  • Actor
2008
92% The Longest Day
  • Mme. Barrault
1962
No Score Yet Air of Paris (L'Air de Paris)
  • Blanche
1954
No Score Yet Huis Clos (No Exit)
  • Inez
1954
No Score Yet Portrait of an Assassin
  • Actor
1949
97% Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)
  • Garance
1946
100% Les Visiteurs du Soir
  • Dominique
1942
No Score Yet Madame Sans-Gêne
  • Actor
1941
91% Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)
  • Clara
1939
No Score Yet Fric-frac
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet La Chaleur Du Sein
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Hotel Du Nord
  • Raymonde
1938
No Score Yet Désiré
  • Actor
1937
100% Pearls of the Crown
  • Queen of Ethiopia
1937
No Score Yet La Garconne
  • Niquette
1936
No Score Yet Extenuating Circmstances
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Le Grand Jeu
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Abduct Me (enlevez-moi)
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Chien Qui Rapporte
  • Actor
1931

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