Paris Frills

Paris Frills (French: Falbalas) is a 1945 French drama film directed by Jacques Becker and starring Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle and Jean Chevrier. It was made in 1944 during the German occupation but not released until the following year. The film's sets were designed by the art director Max Douy. It was shot at the Francoeur Studios in Paris. Exteriors were shot in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Paris Frills
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Directed byJacques Becker
Written byJacques Becker
Maurice Aubergé
Maurice Griffe
Produced byAndré Halley des Fontaines
StarringRaymond Rouleau
Micheline Presle
Jean Chevrier
Gabrielle Dorziat
Jeanne Fusier-Gir
CinematographyNicolas Hayer
Edited byMarguerite Renoir
Music byJean-Jacques Grünenwald
L'Essor Cinématographique Françias
Distributed byVédis
Release date
20 June 1945
Running time
110 minutes
Box office2,108,663 admissions (France)[1]


Micheline (Micheline Presle), a young woman from the provinces, arrives in Paris to prepare for her marriage to a silk manufacturer from Lyon, Daniel Rousseau (Jean Chevrier). But she falls in love with the best friend of her husband-to-be, the fashion designer Philippe Clarence (Raymond Rouleau). He is an impenitent Don Juan who seduces her when he feels the need for some creative inspiration and then drops her just as quickly when he comes to devote himself to a new collection. Micheline no longer feels she can go ahead and get married. A few weeks later Clarence tries to reconquer her but it is too late. She refuses. Clarence goes mad and throws himself from a window.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier told the New Yorker that seeing Falbalas made him want to go into fashion. The story, about a Parisian dressmaker who seduces his best friend's fiancée, provided a detailed look at the fashion industry of the time, and shaped Gaultier's ideas of what that world would be like.[2]


  1. ^ French box office figures for 1945 at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Article on Jean-Paul Gaultier in Business Insider, 1 February 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.

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