Beauties of the Night (1952 film)

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Beauties of the Nights
Les Belles de nuit poster.jpg
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Directed by René Clair
Written byRené Clair
Pierre Barillet
Jean-Pierre Gredy
Produced byRené Clair
Angelo Rizzoli
Starring Gérard Philipe
Martine Carol
Gina Lollobrigida
Magali Vendeuil
CinematographyArmand Thirard
Edited byLouisette Hautecoeur
Denise Natot
Music by Georges Van Parys
Franco London Films
Rizzoli Film
Distributed bySociété des Etablissements L. Gaumont (France)
Lopert Pictures Corporation (USA)
Release dates
  • 14 November 1952 (1952-11-14)(France)
  • April 1954 (1954-04)(USA)
Running time
87 minutes
Box office3,499,199 admissions (France) [1]

Beauties of the Night (French: Les Belles de nuit) is a 1952 French-Italian fantasy comedy film directed and written by René Clair who co-produced with Angelo Rizzoli. The film stars Gérard Philipe, Martine Carol, Gina Lollobrigida and Magali Vendeuil. [2] It was nominated the Venice Film Festival for Golden Lion (René Clair). It was shot at Boulogne Studios in Paris.



Impoverished piano teacher and composer Claude (Gérard Philipe) fantasizes about seducing beautiful rich women. One night a promising dream turns into a nightmare in which he's chased by the violent husbands and brothers of his lovers. He gets up and tries to stay awake for fear of feeling haunted again. Then he meets his neighbour Suzanne (Magali Vendeuil) who resembles a woman from his dream.


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