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27 Ratings

Beauties of the Night

Les belles de nuit

Directed by René Clair
Italy, France, 1952
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance


A young composer has vivid dreams of the past that reflect, yet conflict with his waking life.

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Beauties of the Night Directed by René Clair

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1952 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

National Board of Review

1954 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

What are people saying?

  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Beauties of the Night

    A wannabe composer falls asleep and drifts between love affairs with different women in different time periods and begins to confuse, Chuang Tzu-like, waking and sleeping hours. In Belle Époque Paris he's a dandy whispering into a lady's sympathetic ear "I lived in a horrible world without love. I was a poor piano teacher and everyone made fun of me." Clair, considered over the hill by 1952, still had it. A charmer.

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