Au Bonheur Des Dames

Overview

Made at the dawn of the sound era, this long-forgotten feature from legendary director Julien Duvivier marked the filmmaker's last silent work. An adaptation of Emile Zola's 1883 novel of the same name, it stars French screen siren Dita Parlo as Denise, an orphaned woman who relocates to the City of Lights. She initially plans to take a job in her uncle's small store, but finds more promising opportunities at the massive department store conglomerate across the street, where the proprietors will do anything in ...
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Overview

Made at the dawn of the sound era, this long-forgotten feature from legendary director Julien Duvivier marked the filmmaker's last silent work. An adaptation of Emile Zola's 1883 novel of the same name, it stars French screen siren Dita Parlo as Denise, an orphaned woman who relocates to the City of Lights. She initially plans to take a job in her uncle's small store, but finds more promising opportunities at the massive department store conglomerate across the street, where the proprietors will do anything in their power to run Denise's uncle out of business - and where Denise promptly falls head over heels in love with the owner.
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Special Features

Introduction by Serge Bromberg; Recording the music soundtrack with Gabriel Thibeaudieu and Octuor De France; Le Ventre D'un Magazin, a short documentary about a real department store
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • UPC: 736899125127
  • Original Release: 1929
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Sound: silent
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 66,766

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dita Parlo Denise
Pierre de Guingand
Nadia Sibirskaia
Ginette Maddie
Andree Brabant
Technical Credits
Julien Duvivier Director
André Dantan Cinematographer
Charles Delac Producer
René Guichard Cinematographer
Emile Pierre Cinematographer
Noel Renard Screenwriter
Armand Thirard Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Au Bonheur Des Dames
1. Arriving in Paris [12:46]
2. The Temple of Temptation [5:07]
3. Model [12:53]
4. Splendors and Miseries [5:52]
5. Demolition [8:54]
6. Jealousy [3:16]
7. Un L'isle-Adam [6:54]
8. Colomban's Departure [5:25]
9. Geneviève Is Going to Die! [9:53]
10. Randy, In Despair [7:42]
11. The End of "Old Elbeuf" [6:16]
12. Epilogue [3:57]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Au Bonheur Des Dames
   The Film
   Chapters
   Introduction by Serge Bromberg
   Recording the Music Track
   Le Venetre D'un Magazin (1930)
   "The Silent Era" Collection
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