Skip to main content

PRIX DE BEAUTE

France, 1930 (MIFF 1981)

Director: Augusto Genina

Virtually the last major appearance of Louise Brooks, she is seen to great advantage as a typist who secretly enters an international beauty contest. Moving from the light-hearted banter and freewheeling location work ol the beginning (splendid photography by Fludolph Mate). to the extraordinary tragic finale (in which life is confronted with the film medium itself), Brooks imbues it all with her unique sensuousness. The swift, racy tone of the narrative obviously owes much to Rene Clair's scenario.

See also...

SOUS LES TOITS DE PARIS

Following the First World War, the Impressionist: school and the "avant-garde" tried to break the French commercial producers from the routine adaptations which formed the bulk of their work. They ... More »

Blood of a Poet

Le Sang d'Un Poete was commissioned by Vicomte dc Noailles, an enterprising patron of the twenties who also provided the money for L'Age d'Or. Never, perhaps has any other man produced two such ... More »

Romance Sentimentale

The makers of Potemkin, October, and The General Line were given a year's leave in 1929 but virtually no money, so that Eisenstein lectured for the London Film Society while Alexandrov and Tisse made ... More »

A Propos De Nice

Vigo's first film, an impression of the French Riviera resort, is a savage and powerful work. Made under the influence of Bunuel it is as Vigo describes it a study of "a particular world on trial" ... More »

Une Partie de Campagne

Jean Renoir produced this delightful little cameo, adapting it from one of Guy de Maupassant's short stories. It is the story ol a French family picnicing in the country. A typical Parisian family ... More »

LEVEL 5

In his new film, Chris Marker continues to explore the ways in which new technologies can inform our comprehension of traumatic his­torical events. Like his earlier film Sans Solei,. Level Five ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director