The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne

So deliciously evil. Madame de la Pommeraye sets the standard for patience and revenge.

Years ago, my room-mate – in her quest to take full advantage of her brand new library card – borrowed Les dames du Bois de Boulogne. After our screening on her tiny imac, I was totally taken. Jean Cocteau’s melodramatic dialogue in contrast to Bresson’s restrained directorial style … ooh, so good.

Every year, I always come back to this movie. (See my favorite quote here). Why am I so moved by it?

A little further reading revealed that this film was initially dismissed by critics and audiences alike. Now a  classic, this is the movie that many regard as Bresson’s turning point that allowed him to discover his unique distilled style. It makes sense why I love this movie so much: I’ve always had a fondness for artists’ sketches and drafts – sometimes more than their finished masterpieces. I love to see things in progress… the possibilities left unsaid… 

“Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne is a fascinating turning point, one on which you can hear the great artist’s mind creaking – with alteration, but with discovery too. It’s a moment in which the necessity of doing less begins to be imperative” – David Thomson

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One Response to “The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne”
  1. Cara Gray says:

    I really want to see this movie now, love this era, x

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