The Ladies' Paradise @ Classic French Film Festival
The Ladies' Paradise
(Au bonheur des dames)
1930, B&W, 85 min. Restoration, DVD source
Julien Duvivier's final silent film is a modern retelling of Emile Zola's panoramic chronicle of mid-19-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), the film captures the rhythms of urban… Show more
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