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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Michelle Pfeiffer in the Beautiful Age

By David Luhrssen
During the era known as the Belle �poque, the Beautiful Age, the corsets of Victorianism loosened. A caste of courtesans, elevated above the more proletarian prostitutes, traded sexual companionship with aristocrats and magnates for lives of bejeweled glamour. Such was the milieu of Colette�s 1920 novel Cheri, which reflected on an era already lost to war and upheaval. The film adaptation, shown...