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Prix De Beaute

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Prix de Beaute is Louise Brooks' last starring role in a feature, and her only film made in France. It tells the deceptively simple story of Lucienne, a high-spirited Parisian typist who leads a mundane life with her fiance, Andre, and a number of friends. While Andre indeed loves Lucienne, he has conventional expectations for their life together. When the Miss Europa beauty contest comes to town, he warns her to "not even dream" of entering it. Lucienne ignores his advice, and from there, Prix de Beaute follows Brooks's character as she struggles for independence and happiness. Andre is overcome with jealous rage...leading to an unexpected and dramatic resolution. One of the first sound films made in France (a silent version was made concurrently), Prix de Beaute is an effective melodrama that is elevated to the sublime by the remarkable performance of the radiant Ms. Brooks.


Studio Kino Video
SKU 202161129
UPC 738329045326
UPC 14 00738329045326
Format DVD
Release Date 3/7/2006
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Brooks,Louise
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Cast & Crew
Andre Nicolle - Actor
Augusto Bandini - Actor
Augusto Genina - Director
Edmond T. Greville - Editor
Georg Wilhelm Pabst - Writer
Georges Charlia - Actor
Horace Shepherd - Original Music By
Louis Nee - Cinematographer
Louise Brooks - Actor
Rene Clair - Writer
Rene Sylviano - Original Music By
Rodolph Mate - Cinematographer
Romain Pines - Producer
Wolfgang Zeller - Original Music By
ReviewSource Slant Magazine
Review Many stars of the silent-film era no doubt approached the advancement of sound with the hesitation of those first sea-dwelling vertebrates making the transition to land; the change was inevitable--necessary even--but few survived it. Prix de Beaute has an excellent pedigree--the story is by Rene Clair, the adaptation by G.W. Pabst, and its star is the iconic Louise Brooks--but you'd hardly know it from its incredibly wobbly presentation. The best and longest stretches of the film are near-silent and incredibly full of life--most memorable is a lively beach scene that suggests a busy impressionist painting. But Augusto Genina's grotesque, Eisensteinian use of the close-up seems out of place. Of course, given this was one of the first sound films shot in France, it's tempting to forgive the director's apprehension and want to fall back on popular silent-film idiom. Brooks, a star as much for her famous hairdo as for her triumphant performances in a string of late-'20s classics (most notably in A Girl in Every Port, Beggars for Life, Pandora's Box, and, my personal favorite, Diary of a Lost Girl) is predictably good. The thoroughly modern actress was never one to chew the scenery, and as such was poised for stardom in the sound era; if she wasn't successful in the end, it was because she made bad business decisions and directors squandered her gifts. Her performance in Prix de BeautŽ as a Parisian typist who fleetingly escapes the banality of her life after winning a beauty pageant is vibrant but forceful in its refusal to be steamrolled by the predictable melodrama of the story. Impossible as it is to take your eyes off the actress, Genina keeps her under wraps.
Reviewer Ed Gonzalez
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Black & White
Product Attributes
Actor Brooks,Louise
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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