Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Press reviews of Prix de Beauté from 1930

On Thursday, July 18th the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will screen the rarely shown silent version of the 1930 Louise Brooks' film, Prix de Beauté. I believe this special events marks the film's West Coast premiere, and certainly one of its very first showings in North America. It is an event not to be missed.

When the sound version of Prix de Beauté debuted in Paris in 1930, it was not all that well received by the public. Other Brooks' films like Beggars of Life and Diary of a Lost Girl enjoyed longer runs at the box office. Nevertheless, Prix de Beauté generated a good deal of press. Here is a advertisement from the trades which samples the critical response.

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