Boule de suif

Boule de suif

For the bourgeois she was and she is a prostituteSep. 15, 1934Soviet Union70 Min.PG
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Boule de Suif (Пышка) is a 1934 Soviet drama by Mikhail Romm. An adaptation of the eponymous short story by Guy de Maupassant, Boule de Suif is a beautifully made film about hypocrisy and selfishness.

The film is set during the Franco-Prussian war. A group of French capitalists, aristocrats, and nuns makes a trip from Rouen to Havre while war rages. On their way, they are joined by Frau Boule-de-suif. One of the party immediately recognizes her as a prostitute. And so, the travelers pour scorn on her. That is, until she produces enough food to feed their hungry, judgmental mouths for a week. Then they quickly forget their prejudices.

The troop next stops at a hotel, where a Prussian officer demands their papers. He too recognizes Frau Boule-de-suif and insists she become his mistress. However, our heroine detests Prussians and so refuses. However, he tells her the group of travelers cannot continue their trip unless she changes her mind…

This film is is wonderful study in hypocrisy. Helped by excellent actors and spot-on cinematography, director Mikhail Romm has produced a film that continues to be worth watching today.

Boule de suif
Boule de suif
Original title Пышка
IMDb Rating 7.4 201 votes
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Mikhail Romm


Faina Ranevskaya isMme. Loiseau
Mme. Loiseau
Andrey Fayt isPrussian Officer
Prussian Officer
Tatyana Okunevskaya isMme Carre-Lamadon
Mme Carre-Lamadon
Vladimir Osenev isGerman soldier (uncredited)
German soldier (uncredited)
Galina Sergeyeva isMlle. Elizabeth Rousset (Boule-de-suif)
Mlle. Elizabeth Rousset (Boule-de-suif)
M. Mikhin isCount de Breville
Count de Breville
Karl Gurnyak isGerman soldier
German soldier