Falbalas (Paris Frills)
(1945) Directed by Jacques Becker. Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle, Jean Chevrier. (111 min.) Digital. French with English subtitles.
A tyrannical fashion designer pauses amid frantic preparation for his seasonal collection to poach a friend’s fiancée. Couturier Phillipe Clarence is surrounded by women but understands nothing about them in this Becker rediscovery by Rialto Pictures. The film is adorned by fabulous designs of a real Parisian couturier, Marcel Rochas. Shot just after the liberation of Paris, it’s catnip for lovers of 1940s fashion.
“With its brooding, doom-laden photography, intense performances, and razor-sharp editing, Falbalas feels more like a film noir thriller than a conventional melodrama” (filmsdefrance.com).
Introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes.