Friday, February 24, 2012

La Souriante Madame Beudet - 1923

Country: France
Director: Germaine Dulac
Writers: Denys Amiel (play), Germaine Dulac (screenplay), André Obey (play), André Obey (screenplay)
Stars: Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière and Jean d'Yd
Release Date: 9 November 1923 (France)
Also known as: Das Lächeln der Madame Beudet (Germany), Madame Beudets sonniges Lächeln (Germany), The Smiling Madame Beudet (International - English title), Usmiechnieta pani Beudet (Poland)
Production Co: Colisée Films
Runtime: 54 min  | USA: 26 min  | 38 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Based On Play | Character Name In Title
Genres: Short | Drama
One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. One day, while the husband is away, she puts bullets in the revolver. However, she is stricken with remorse and tries to retrieve the bullets the next morning. Her husband gets to the revolver first only this time he points the revolver at her. 
Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.  

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