Au Bonheur des dames

Introduction by Tom Gunning and accompanied by pianist Dave Drazin
Friday, October 24, 2008 - 7:00pm
Au Bonheur des dames (1930, 35mm archival print courtesy of Cinémathèque française, 85 min) When Danielle (Dita Parlo) comes to the city to live with her Uncle Baudu, a dry goods merchant, she finds a Paris in the thrall of change- signs of modernization surround the venerable old shop. While Baudu pits his will against the glittering competition, The Ladies Paradise department store, Danielle ventures there looking for work. Inside she finds a glamorous, fast-paced world obsessed with consumption and progress. Duvivier allows his camera to fly over teeming crowds of shoppers and flow through busy streets to illustrate the complexity of change in this modernized adaptation of Emile Zola's novel. This film has been restored by La Cinémathèque française.