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.
- Maurice Aubergé
- Nicolas Hayer
- with English subtitles
- 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
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