Paris Frills

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Paris Frills
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Directed by Jacques Becker
Written byJacques Becker
Maurice Aubergé
Maurice Griffe
Produced by André Halley des Fontaines
Starring Raymond Rouleau
Micheline Presle
Jean Chevrier
Gabrielle Dorziat
Jeanne Fusier-Gir
Cinematography Nicolas Hayer
Edited by Marguerite Renoir
Music by Jean-Jacques Grünenwald
L'Essor Cinématographique Françias
Distributed byVédis
Release date
  • 20 June 1945 (1945-06-20)
Running time
110 minutes
Box office2,108,663 admissions (France) [1]

Paris Frills (French : Falbalas) is a 1945 French drama film directed by Jacques Becker and starring Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle and Jean Chevrier. It was made in 1944 during the German occupation but not released until the following year. The film's sets were designed by the art director Max Douy. It was shot at the Francoeur Studios in Paris. Exteriors were shot in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.



Micheline (Micheline Presle), a young woman from the provinces, arrives in Paris to prepare for her marriage to a silk manufacturer from Lyon, Daniel Rousseau (Jean Chevrier). But she falls in love with the best friend of her husband-to-be, the fashion designer Philippe Clarence (Raymond Rouleau). He is an impenitent Don Juan who seduces her when he feels the need for some creative inspiration and then drops her just as quickly when he comes to devote himself to a new collection. Micheline no longer feels she can go ahead and get married. A few weeks later Clarence tries to reconquer her but it is too late. She refuses. Clarence goes mad and throws himself from a window.

Main cast

Critical appraisal

Film critic Manny Farber in The New Republic , December 16, 1946, wrote:

This is the only movie I have ever seen in which a posturing, narcissistic personality is shown in the full run of everyday situations and is handled with a matter-of-fact understanding that makes it into a sad, creative, extremely curious and complicated character. [2]

Farber adds: “With the efficiency of a good documentary but in a charming, casual, offhand manner, Becker acquaints you with the complicated, caste-ridden business of dress designing…the nicest group of people I have seen in current movies are the friendly, loyal, unaffected seamstresses whose characters are so different from the dresses they make.” [3]


Jean-Paul Gaultier told the New Yorker that seeing Falbalas made him want to go into fashion. The story, about a Parisian dressmaker who seduces his best friend's fiancée, provided a detailed look at the fashion industry of the time, and shaped Gaultier's ideas of what that world would be like. [4]

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  1. French box office figures for 1945 at Box Office Story
  2. Farber, 2009 p. 302
  3. Farber, 2009 p. 302
  4. Article on Jean-Paul Gaultier in Business Insider, 1 February 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.