LA SOURIANTE MADAME BEUDET

by Germaine DULAC
1922 / b&w / silent / 1S / 38' 15




«From a story by Guy de Maupassant, the piece concerns the titular character (portrayed by Germaine Dermoz), the dissatisfied bourgeois housewife of a thoughtless, self-centered shopkeeper. Decades of marital submission have reduced Mme. Beudet to irrepressible melancholia and ennui, and have rendered her an emotional prisoner to her world and herself. Her rich fantasy world, however, consists of breezy, idyllic and lyrical interludes with a host of young, handsome paramours. Mme. Beudet also fantasizes about laying waste to her husband - but every such hopeful wish fizzles out as she resurfaces in the reality of the everyday. Throughout the picture, Dulac uses such devices as slow motion, distortions, and superimposed images to paint Beudet's various emotional states onscreen.»
Nathan Southern, Rovi

3 PRINTS IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 18 fps
sound silent
original language French
translation (cartons/intertitres)
rental fee 130,00 €

distribution format DVD (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound silent
original language French
rental fee 130,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language French
rental fee 130,00 €