Les Belles-De-Nuit

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

This whimsical film stars Philipe as a young composer whose environment is too noisy and whose head is too filled with dreams to allow him to accomplish much of anything in real life. He loses the teaching job that has supplied his meager income. The beautiful girl who lives next to him--Vendeuil--appears ready and willing to start up an affair, yet Philipe...read more

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This whimsical film stars Philipe as a young composer whose environment is too noisy and whose head is too filled with dreams to allow him to accomplish much of anything in real life. He loses the teaching job that has supplied his meager income. The beautiful girl who lives next to

him--Vendeuil--appears ready and willing to start up an affair, yet Philipe never pays her the slightest attention. Instead, he lives in a dream world in which he is a great composer in the 19th century, surrounded by beauties; a musketeer in the service of King Louis XIII; and a number of other

equally incredible situations. Philipe then starts distorting reality and making his friends question his sanity. With such a bizarre premise it would seem that the film could easily get out of hand. Yet, with a master such as Clair at the helm, the plot development remains under control, offering

some delightful insights. Composer Van Parys introduces a different theme for each of Philipe's fantasies, including a noisy nightmare of cacophony in which he conducts an orchestra of vacuum cleaners, pots and pans, and other household items. His historical fantasies are invariably evoked by real

happenings and real people; harem girl Lollobrigida, for example, is in reality the cashier at his local cafe. One thread ties the succession of fantasies together: in each, an old man bitterly bewails the present and longs for "the good old days," heralding another jump to an even earlier period.

At the conclusion of this remarkable return to pure social comedy by a master of the art, Philipe races from prehistory to the present in a Jeep. (In French; English subtitles.)

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