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(Paris Frills)


Micheline Presle, Gabrielle Dorziat, Raymond Rouleau, Jean Chevrier,

A talented yet vain couturier runs roughshod over workers, friends, and lovers in Becker’s vividly realist drama on Parisian haute couture, which makes a fascinating companion piece to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread and counts among its admirers none other than Jean-Paul Gaultier. (Gaultier cites it as a career inspiration. “When I went into that high-fashion world,” he reminisced, “I realized just how real the details and the characters were.”) Becker’s attention to the working-class women whose labor creates the clothes stands out, as do the film’s spectacularly gorgeous gowns and parade of what’s best described as 1940s hat porn.

Jason Sanders
  • Maurice Aubergé
  • Nicolas Hayer
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 111 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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Furbelows (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, Phillip Lopate, 2000

Falbalas and Rendezvous de Juillet (review), Sight and Sound, Lindsay Anderson, 1954

Rediscovering French film part II: Falbalas (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Falbalas (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

Falbalas (program note), La Rochelle International Film Festival

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