La Souriante Madame Beudet (The Smiling Madame Beudet)

Live Music on Silent film
France, 1923; 35mm, 773 meters, 38 minutes at 18 fps

La Souriante Madame Beudet / The Smiling Madame Beudet is considered Germaine Dulac's impressionist masterpiece. Based on an avant-garde play of the same title by music lover and sports essayist André Obey, this film presents the inner life of a young modern woman hoping to escape an oppressive marriage. Her feminine perspectives and her desire to explore modern life are communicated through gesture, movement, rhythm, and innovative technical effects. Dulac also employs references to Baudelaire, Debussy, and the pre-Raphaelite school that invite us to compare the expressive capacity of this new medium to that of the other arts.
Tami Williams

Maud Nelissen & Finn Möricke (music)
Maud Nelissen: composition, piano; Finn Möricke: violin

Režija: Germaine Dulac; po drami: André Obey, Denys Amiel; scenarij: André Obey; fotografija: A. Marrin; igrajo: Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière, Jean d'Yd, Madeleine Guitty, Yvette Grisier, Raoul Paoli, Thirard; produkcija: Charles Delac, Marcel Vandal (Film d'Art)

Thanks to: Marleen Labijt, Mark-Paul Meyer (Nederlands Filmmuseum, Amsterdam), A.W.P. Agotha, Sandra Peršak (Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ljubljana), Staš Ravter (Slovenska kinoteka, Ljubljana), Bojan Bajšič, Andrej Goričar, Koen van Daele (Otok, Ljubljana-Izola), Tami Williams, Il Cinema Ritrovato & Cineteca Bologna
Special thanks to: Jean-Michel Mareau

Organisation: City of Women
In collaboration with: Cankarjev dom
With the support of: Royal Netherlands Embassy Ljubljana (Focus 06)

Date and time of event: 
Oct 02nd 20:00
Place of event: 
Cankarjev dom, Linhartova dvorana