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Be Pretty and Shut Up!
8.6
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1,050 Ratings

BE PRETTY AND SHUT UP!

Sois belle et tais-toi!

Directed by Delphine Seyrig
France, 1981
Documentary

Synopsis

In 1975 Delphine Seyrig recorded interviews with twenty-four actresses in France and the US, including Maria Schneider, Jane Fonda, and Shirley MacLaine, about their experience across the industry. Through their words, Seyrig reveals the frustrations of working within the patriarchal studio system.

Synopsis

In 1975 Delphine Seyrig recorded interviews with twenty-four actresses in France and the US, including Maria Schneider, Jane Fonda, and Shirley MacLaine, about their experience across the industry. Through their words, Seyrig reveals the frustrations of working within the patriarchal studio system.

Our take

Combative and essential, Delphine Seyrig’s rarely-seen interviews with a dynamic group of actresses—including Jane Fonda and Maria Schneider—have an immediate, unpolished aesthetic that strips off the glamorous veneer of mainstream cinema, exposing the industry’s rampant sexism and discrimination.