LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE
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(1945) Maria Casarès (Children of Paradise), dismayed when weakling lover Paul Bernard responds to her preemptive dumping with relief, vengefully sets him up to for romance with — unknown to him — prostitute Elina Labourdette. And at their wedding... Adapted from a chapter in Diderot’s Jacques the Fatalist, with dialogue by Jean Cocteau.
"RAVISHING! 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. It's the last time that Bresson worked with professional actors, but his procedure of paring away the drama to its essentials is already fully in place; his visual style is more obviously striking here— slicker and more dramatically lit, with high-contrast photography and prowling camera movements—than it was to become later."
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
“One could hardly be anywhere but in Bresson’s world. 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 (London)