The Proud and the Beautiful

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The Proud and the Beautiful
Les Orgueilleux
File:The Proud and the Beautiful.jpg
Directed by Yves Allégret
Rafael E. Portas
Produced by Raymond Borderie
Salvador Elizondo
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
(story: Typhus)
Yves Allégret
Jean Aurenche
(scenario and dialogue)
Jean Clouzot
Starring Michèle Morgan
Gérard Philipe
Carlos López Moctezuma
Roberto Manuel Mendoza
Music by Mexican music selected by Paul Misraki
Cinematography Alex Phillips
Edited by Claude Nicole
Distributed by Columbia Pictures (France)
Release dates
November 25, 1953 (France)
Running time
103 minutes
Country France
Language French and sub-titled Spanish

The Proud and the Beautiful (French: Les Orgueilleux, sub-title : Alvarado ) is a 1953 Franco-Mexican co-production drama directed by Yves Allégret. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story; the nomination officially went to Jean-Paul Sartre.


(which lets foresee the plot without unveiling it ...)

  • Michèle Morgan as Nellie, a beautiful French tourist, whose husband suddenly dies, leaving her without resource in a foreign squalid village.
  • Gérard Philipe as Georges, a castaway drunkard, bubble of the local mob, formerly French M.D.
  • Carlos López Moctezuma as el doctor ( the local worn-out M.D.).
  • Roberto Manuel Mendoza as Don Rodrigo (the local god-father, a typical bullying macho).
  • Michèle Cordoue as Anna (Don Rodrigo's harsh and vulgar French wife).
  • André Toffel as Tom, French tourist stopping to die of meningitis in Alvarado.
  • Arturo Soto Rangel as the local priest.
  • The inhabitants of Alvarado.
  • Alvarado itself ( a little town on the Mexico Gulf Coast, state of Vera-Cruz, consterned by the meningitis plague on a canicular Holy Friday day. Its appalling heat, gusts of grating bells, bursts of crackers and beseting huapango music put everybody's nerves on edge).
  • Luis Buñuel, as one of the repugnant Don Rodrigo's gun-bearers. The realistic-satirical description of the plague, along with numerous local spicy private jokes in the abundant Spanish part of the dialogue certainly owes a lot to the guest-star's presence.

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