Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Prix de beauté with Louise Brooks screens in Istanbul

Prix de beauté, starring Louise Brooks, will be shown at the upcoming 2nd International Istanbul Silent Cinema Days, running December 3 - 6, in Istanbul, Turkey. Organized by Kino Istanbul and hosted by Istanbul Modern, Pera Museum and the French Cultural Center, the festival will present pioneering examples of cinema. Each screening will be accompanied by live music.

More information about Sessiz Sinema Günleri / Silent Cinema Days can be found on its website or Facebook page.


Prix de beauté, a French produced film from 1930, will be shown as part of a series devoted to Divas. According to an article in Daily Sabah, "Louise Brooks's groundbreaking film Prix de Beauté (Beauty Prize) will also be screened as a part of the Diva Films section. Famous for her iconic haircut, the film focuses on individual freedom and it is about the turbulent events that women experience after winning a beauty competition."

Here is what the Sessiz Sinema Günleri website says about the film


Güzellik Ödülü – Prix de Beauté – Miss Europe / AUGUSTO GENINA / 1930 / Fransa – France / 113’ / Siyah beyaz – Black & white / DCP / Restorasyon – Restoration: Cineteca di Bologna
Müzisyen / Musician: Stephen Horne

Daktilograf olarak çalışan ve Andre adlı bir gazeteciyle ilişkisi olan Lucienne “Lulu” Garnier, The Globe gazetesinin açtığı güzellik yarışmasına katılır, birinciliği kazanacağı kesinleşir, ancak kıskanç Andre’nin itirazları üzerine vazgeçip evine geri döner. Lucienne’in peşini bırakmazlar, bu sefer bir film teklifi alır. Baştan reddedip, sözleşmeyi yırtar ama sonra Andre’yi bırakıp, yıldız olmaya giden yola adımını atar. Prix de Beauté, Louise Brooks’un Avrupa’da bilinen en son filmi. Avrupalı yönetmen Augusto Genina tarafindan çekilen filmin hikayesi, yine Avrupalı iki yönetmene ait: Fransız René Clair ve Avusturyalı Wilhelm Pabst.

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The Louise Brooks Society archives holds little in the way of clippings or advertisements for Brooks' film in Turkey. One of the few items we do have is this newspaper notice for Prix de beauté from 1931.



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