Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Ladies of the Park)
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Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Ladies of the Park)
Though this interesting film was among many responsible for the critical success of French autuer Robert Bresson, it was by no means a commercial success. Slightly different than his other films, director Bresson utilized the contrasty photography of Philippe Agostini (Sylvie et le Fantome, Monde du Silence) and chose professional actors Paul Bernard (Lumiere D'ete), Maria Casares (Enfants du Paradis), and Elina Labourdette (Shanghai Drama) to star rather than non-professionals. With dialogue written by writer/filmmaker Jean Cocteau, Les Dames du Bois du Boulogne was adapted to the screen… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sexuality takes precedence over salvation, but there is the same interiority, the same intensity, the same rigorous exclusion of all inessentials."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The blend of flame and frost in Maria Casares' gaze is where Bresson and Cocteau really meet and meld"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Bresson's treatment of the material has the marks of his later style, but it's also more overtly stylized than anything else he did later."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Already [Bresson] exerts complete control over the entire work, stripping away extraneous emotions."
‑ , Film4
"... a brilliant romantic melodrama..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is slow, solemn, rigidly conventional and as stilted as a silent film, but it shows Bresson's early ability to catch sober and smoldering moods with his camera."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The performances by both Casares and Labourdette were strikingly captivating and were enough in themselves to carry the film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Elina Labourdette is wonderful as Agnès, conveying her character's ethical strength with real beauty within and without."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Praised by such filmmakers as Jean-Luc Godard and Michelangelo Antonioni, the film is rarely screened."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Its dialogue still stings, and its heartbreak still rings true."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Like much (if not all) of Bresson's best work, it can't be assimilated to realist criteria, but it's unforgettable for its fire-and-ice evocations of tragedy in an unlikely setting."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The fact of Bresson's as yet undeveloped style, coupled with Cocteau's fearless lyricism, produces a one-of-a-kind film. It's irreproducible, a jewel."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"Les Dames has moments of subtle power that suggest the direction Bresson's filmmaking aesthetic would eventually take; in fact, it was the last film he made in the traditional style before striking out completely on his own."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It is not, by any means, the best film made during the Occupation, but it is a key work in Bresson's oeuvre and one that is surprisingly absorbing even today."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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