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Les Belles de Nuit

  • 1952
  • René Clair
  • 89 mins

Summary

Fantasy drama starring Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida. A young composer, exhausted by the troublesome trivia of everyday life, takes refuge in dreams about beautiful women. Soon he is only happy in his dreams.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

From writer/director René Clair, one of the great stylists of European cinema, comes this wistful, ironic and sexy fantasy about a shy young man who escapes his bleak life by dreaming of adventure and romantic encounters in different places at different historical periods. The star is the devastatingly handsome Gérard Philipe, one of France's great actors as well as the premier matinée idol of his generation. The main purveyors of feminine pulchritude are Italy's Gina Lollobrigida and Martine Carol, the reigning sex symbol in France before she was ousted by Bardot. Strangely and sadly, both Philipe and Carol died prematurely, she at 45, he a week before his 37th birthday. They are marvellous together in this dreamlike film.

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Credits

Cast

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ClaudeGérard Philipe
LeilaGina Lollobrigida
SuzanneMagali Vendeuil
BonnyMarilyn Buferd
GastonRaymond Cordy
EdméeMartine Carol

Crew

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DirectorRené Clair

Details

Languages
French
Formats
Black and white
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