The Proud and the Beautiful

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.

The Proud and the Beautiful
Les Orgueilleux
Directed byYves Allégret
Rafael E. Portas
Produced byRaymond Borderie
Salvador Elizondo
Written byJean-Paul Sartre
(story: Typhus)
Yves Allégret
Jean Aurenche
(scenario and dialogue)
Jean Clouzot
StarringMichèle Morgan
Gérard Philipe
Carlos López Moctezuma
Roberto Manuel Mendoza
Music byMexican music selected by Paul Misraki
CinematographyAlex Phillips
Edited byClaude Nicole
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (France)
Release date
November 25, 1953 (France)
Running time
103 minutes
LanguageFrench and sub-titled Spanish
Box office2,805,061 admissions (France)[1]


  • 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 Gulf Coast of Mexico in the state of Veracruz).
  • 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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