A stunning evocation of the glitz and glamour of a Parisian department store and at the same time a damning portrait of the rampant consumerism enshrined in that gleaming “temple” dedicated to women’s pleasure.
A young woman comes to Paris following the death of her father to work at her uncle’s haberdashery but finds the family business is being crushed by the newly-opened mega-smart ‘Ladies Paradise’ store opposite. With soaring camerawork, dazzling location shooting and stylish settings this modern parable is a triumph of the final days of French silent cinema.
HippFest is honoured to present the world premiere of the new restoration by Lobster Films Paris with specially commissioned accompaniment by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius.
Dir. Julien Duvivier | France | 1930 | b&w | N/C PG | French intertitles with English sub-titles |1h 25m (+ short accompanied by Forrester Pyke)
With: Dita Parlo, Ginette Maddie, Andree Brabant
Performing live: Stephen Horne & Frank Bockius (piano, accordion, flute, vibraphone, percussion)
New restoration courtesy of Lobster Films Logo: Falkirk Twinning Association
Screening supported by Falkirk District Twinning Association
If you like this, don't miss our Perfume workshop inspired by the chic fragrance counters of 1920s Paris on Sunday afternoon