Les Belles de Nuit [The Beauties of the Night]

Paris: Franco London Films, 1952. Original French program for the 1953 film, starring Gina Lollobrigida. A typically artful Rene Clair production, which like the director's earlier "Le Silence est d'Or" presents a highly stylized (and lushly romanticized) vision of a bygone France.

A young composer, bored and irritated with the world of the present, gives himself over completely to daydreams of romance and adventure, hopping through time from the French Revolution to the Jazz Age. AA beautifully designed program, with a tipped-on cover plate illustration by French poster artist Georges Allard. With a clear glassine outer wrapper card covers, then a thinner, blue-tinted inner glassine wrapper. Content includes an introductory essay by Clair, and duotone full-size photos of the cast. Saddle-stitched, 16 pages. 12.25 x 9.5 inches.

Near Fine condition, with just a touch of fading to the card wrappers and a faint corner crease to the front and rear of the outer Mylar wrapper. A rare artifact from the 1950s French cinema that brings out the essence of Rene Clair's artistry and sense of beauty.

Godard, Histoires du cinema.

[Book #114995]

Price: $650.00