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Beauties of the Night (1954)




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Director René Clair insisted that his 1952 production Beauties of the Night (Les Belles du Nuit) was intended as a comic variation on Griffith's multipart Intolerance (1916). The Clair film deals with a disillusioned music teacher (Gérard Philipe) who dreams of the beautiful women of history, envisioning himself as the central male figure in each dream. The imaginary ladies (including such internationally famous lovelies as Martine Carol and Gina Lollobrigida) begin converging on the hero all at once, much to the delight of both Philipe and the audience. At several junctures, Clair revives a technique from his earliest talkies by having the characters sing their lines and thoughts rather than speaking them. These treasured musical moments are somewhat dissipated when Beauties of the Night is seen in an edited, redubbed American print -- which also "fudges" the film's notorious Gina Lollobrigida nude scene.
Art House & International , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Marilyn Buferd
as Mme. Bonacieux
Raymond Cordy
as Gaston
Paolo Stoppa
as Opera Director
Jean Parédès
as Paul the pharmacist
as The Old Gentleman
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Critic Reviews for Beauties of the Night

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

It is eminently pleasing to this old film hand to discover that Rene Clair still has an amiable feeling -- and a talent -- for the craft of cinema.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

[An] engaging fantasy.

January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With such a bizarre premise it would seem that the film could easily get out of hand. Yet, with a master such as Clair at the helm, the plot development remains under control, offering some delightful insights.

Full Review… | February 18, 2014
TV Guide

Ceaselessly inventive.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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