• Au bonheur des dames

    1930. France. Julien Duvivier. Approx. 85 min.

With piano accompaniment by Ben Model

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 5:00 p.m.


  • Au bonheur des dames

    1930. France. Directed by Julien Duvivier. Screenplay by Noël Renard, based on the novel by Émile Zola. With Dita Parlo, Pierre de Guingand, Armand Bour. Duvivier's final silent film is a modern retelling of Zola's panoramic chronicle of mid-nineteenth-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), Au bonheur 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. In French; English subtitles. Approx. 85 min.

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