Falbalas

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Time Out says

Becker spent years as Jean Renoir's assistant, and the influence is plain, even in this novelettish tale of a philanderer's downfall. Characters are presented warmly but objectively, so that the fashion designer hero, M. Clarence, is at once a childish manipulator who spins out of control when denied his own way, and a helpless victim in the grip of an infatuation. The object of his desire - his best friend's fiancée - is a careless flirt and a kind woman trying her best not to hurt anyone. Also Renoir-like is the absorbing picture of a fashion house at work. Becker probably had no choice, though, except to go for a big finish, with suicides galore (well, two) as Maison Clarence unveils its autumn collection.
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Cast and crew

Director:

Jacques Becker

Cast:

Jean Chevrier, Micheline Presle, Raymond Rouleau, Gabrielle Dorziat

Music:

Jean-Jacques Grünenwald

Art Director:

Max Douy

Editor:

Marguerite Houllé-Renoir

Cinematography:

Nicolas Hayer

Screenwriter:

Maurice Griffe, Jacques Becker, Maurice Aubergé

Producer:

André H des Fontaines

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