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The Smiling Madame Beudet(La souriante Madame Beudet)

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France · 1923
Director Germaine Dulac
Starring Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière, Jean d'Yd, Yvette Grisier
Genre Drama

This silent impressionist classic and early feminist film tells the story of Madame Beudet, a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to a vulgar, boorish man. Using innovative techniques to show its character's psychological state, the film depicts Beudet's struggle to find a way out of her deeply unhappy life.

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Often described as one of the first feminist films ever made, The Smiling Madame Beudet is a fascinating and gripping artifact from the silent era. Telling the story of a woman deeply unhappy and trapped in her marriage, Germaine Dulac employs truly innovate editing and lighting techniques to tell the story. Don't let the fact that the film is silent deter you, this is a film for anyone.

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