La bête humaine La bête humaine

La bête humaine

Jean Renoir

 
La bête humaine (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1938
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #324

Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir’s La bête humaine was one of the legendary director’s greatest popular successes—and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen. Part poetic realism, part film noir, the film is a hard-boiled and suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman.

Cast

Jacques Lantier Jean Gabin
SéverineSimone Simon
PecqueuxJulien Carette
RoubaudFernand Ledoux
FloreBlanchette Brunoy
PhiloméneJenny Helia
Victoire Pecqueux Colette Regis
Madame MisardGermaine Clasis
JudgeAndré Tavernier
CabucheJean Renoir

Credits

DirectorJean Renoir
ProducerRaymond Hakim and Robert Hakim
ScreenplayJean Renoir
From the novel byÉmile Zola
Production managerRoland Tual
MusicJoseph Kosma
EditingMarguerite Houlet Renoir

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the original uncensored version
  • Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
  • New interview with director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Archival footage of Renoir directing actress Simone Simon, and interviews with Renoir, Émile Zola scholar Henri Mitterand, and others on adapting Zola to the screen
  • Gallery of on-set photographs and theatrical posters
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • A booklet featuring critic Geoffrey O’Brien, film historian Ginette Vincendeau, and production designer Eugène Lourié

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

La bête humaine: Renoir On and Off the Rails

By Geoffrey O’BrienFebruary 13, 2006

The opening minutes of La bête humaine (1938) are a bracing plunge into the materiality of the . . . Read more »

News

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Film Essays

La bête humaine: Renoir On and Off the Rails

By Geoffrey O’BrienFebruary 13, 2006

The opening minutes of La bête humaine (1938) are a bracing plunge into the materiality of the . . . Read more »