The Ladies' Paradise @ Classic French Film Festival
The Ladies' Paradise
(Au bonheur des dames)
1930, B&W, 85 min. Restoration, DVD source
Julien Duvivier's final silent film is a modern retelling of Emile Zola's panoramic chronicle of mid-19-century Parisian society, centering on a small fabric shop struggling to survive in the shadow of a luxury department store. With expressionistic shades of Erich von Stroheim and G.W. Pabst (Duvivier worked for a time in the German film industry), the film captures the rhythms of urban life and the pleasures of bourgeois consumer culture, with its obsessions with fashion and image while also creating a stinging portrait of capitalist ruthlessness, class tensions, and sexual competition.
With live accompaniment by Poor People of Paris
Intro/discussion by Lionel Cuillé, the Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Webster University
Webster University/Moore Auditorium (View)
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
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