Movies: Beauties of the Night (Les Belles De Nuit) (1952)
Beauties of the Night (Les Belles De Nuit) (1952)
Suspense/Thriller, SciFi/Fantasy, Comedy
 
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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rated No Rating .
Cast: Marilyn Buferd, Gina Lollobrigida, Gérard Philipe, Martine Carol, Magali Vendeuil, Gérard Philipe
Produced by: Angelo Rizzoli, René Clair
Directed by: René Clair
Written by: René Clair, Pierre Barillet, Jean-Pierre Grédy
Running time: 1hr 29min
Opens: Limited
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