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1930, 89 min, France, Dir: Julien Duvivier

AU BONHEUR DES DAMES is a tale of corporate greed crushing the competition and squeezing out the little guy. Though the story sounds like it was torn from today's headlines, AU BONHEUR DES DAMES is a fascinating classic from the silent era. The legendary German actress and fashion icon Dita Parlo (GRAND ILLUSION), whose exotic look and glamorous mystique inspired Madonna, stars as Denise, an orphan girl who comes to Paris to work in her uncle's small shop. Instead, she takes a job in the big department store across the street, which is trying to run her uncle out of business. Perhaps the last great silent production to come out of France, this melodrama is based on a novel by Emile Zola and directed by Julien Duvivier.

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