Be Pretty and Shut Up!

(Sois belle et tais-toi)

In 1976 Delphine Seyrig told Leila Weinraub of the New York Times, “I have a heavy past, having been an actress. . . . It was a way of seducing, of proving to myself that I could be accepted. But actresses are a commercial product. They represent the whole male‐female problem seen with a microscope. They are agents of the male optic.” Seyrig proved her thesis with Be Pretty and Shut Up!, a video dossier compiling firsthand accounts of twenty-four French and American actresses—including Jane Fonda, Maria Schneider, Shirley MacLaine, Jill Clayburgh, and Juliet Berto—on the frustrations and limitations of their métier, still sadly relevant today.

Kate MacKay
  • Carole Roussopoulos
  • English
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital
  • 115 mins
  • Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir
Preceded By

Pull My Daisy

Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, United States, 1959

Seyrig anchors a cast of painters and poets (including Allen Ginsberg, Larry Rivers, and Alice Neel) in this classic Beat cine-poem written and narrated by Jack Kerouac.

Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 29 mins