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La Souriante Madame Beudet


The now-forgotten silent work La Souriante de Madame Beudet is generally regarded by scholars and theorists as history's premier "feminist film." Directed by French cinema pioneer Germaine Dulac, and scripted by André Obey from a story by Guy de Maupassant, the 37-minute piece concerns the titular character (portrayed by Germaine Dermoz), the dissatisfied bourgeois housewife of a thoughtless, self-centered shopkeeper. Decades of marital submission have reduced Mme. Beudet to irrepressible...more