The Shameless Old Lady

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The Shameless Old Lady
Directed by René Allio
Produced by Claude Nedjar
Written by René Allio
Bertolt Brecht
Starring Sylvie
Victor Lanoux
Cinematography Denys Clerval
Edited by Sophie Coussein
Release date
  • 24 March 1965 (1965-03-24)
Running time
94 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Shameless Old Lady (Original title: La Vieille dame indigne) is a 1965 French film. Based on a story by Bertolt Brecht, it was directed by René Allio and stars Sylvie and Victor Lanoux. Sylvie won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for this role, one of her last and her only lead.


Madame Berthe, a newly widowed 70-year-old miser, has lived a sheltered life married to her husband for some sixty years. She determines to venture into the modern world and have as much fun as possible, and in doing so finds that she loves it. She blows her life savings, much to the disapproval of the young people around her.


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