Sois belle et tais-toi (1981) AKA Be Pretty and Shut Up


Fonda emerges as one of the most riveting interviewees in this essential, but too-little-known, survey of a wide swath of actresses who candidly discuss the intractable sexism of the movie business. Speaking in French with Seyrig, a fellow actress-activist, Fonda recapitulates, with unwavering composure, incidents of patriarchal idiocy, from her earliest years in Hollywood to the making of the recently completed Julia.

Director: Delphine Seyrig. AKA Be Pretty and Shut Up
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jill Clayburgh, Marie Dubois, Delia Salvi, Juliet Berto, Patti D’Arbanville, Mady Norman, Louise Fletcher, Jane Fonda, Cindy Williams, Rita Renoir, Jenny Agutter, Luce Guilbeault, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Wiazemsky, R. de Gregorio, Maria Schneider, Viva, Candy Clark, Barbara Steele, Millie Perkins, Mallory Millett, Susan Tyrrell, Ellen Burstyn.


Note: New copy added on 20 Aug. 2021.

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  1. Sam
    August 22, 2019

    Thank you so much for this!!! Been trying to track this down with subs for ages 🙂

  2. Tassos
    August 24, 2019

    Amazing as always! Thank you!

  3. Marcia
    November 14, 2021

    Thanks Jon! An amazing documentary!
    Jane Fond and other very interessant actresses let us know about the overall present sexism in the male dominated cinema industry – one that permanently helped to transmit a stereotyped image of women, for example “women cannot be friends to another” – sounds familiar?
    (Jane Fond speaks fluent French! Wow!)

    January 4, 2022

    I found this absolutely and utterly fascinating. I happened on it today and it revealed VOLUMES. Thanks, Jon!

  5. suzy chika
    January 17, 2024

    Simply put, this incredible, lovingly made documentary by Delphine Seyrig, took my breath away! Ever so grateful that you found this unsung masterpiece and shared it on your website so women, young and old, as well as men, can take in all these actors’ soulful and thoughtful commentaries on what they have lived and worked through in their careers. Most important for young women and men, especially those in creative ‘métiers’ to ponder, and be inspired to break more glass ceilings going forward
    A heartfelt thank you to you Jon!

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