La chienne La chienne

La chienne

Jean Renoir

 
La chienne (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1931
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • French
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  • Spine #818

Jean Renoir’s ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker’s visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir’s elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting narrative—a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions—to an unforgettably ironic conclusion.

Cast

Maurice LegrandMichel Simon
LuluJanie Marèse
DédéGeorges Flamant
Adèle LegrandMagdeleine Bérubet
Sergeant Alexis GodardRoger Gaillard

Credits

DirectorJean Renoir
Based on the novel byGeorges de La Fouchardière
Scenario and adaptation byJean Renoir and André Mouézy-Éon
Produced byPierre Braunberger and Roger Richebé
Cinematography byTheodor Sparkuhl
Edited byMarguerite Renoir

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction to the film from 1961 by director Jean Renoir
  • New interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner
  • New restoration of On purge bébé (1931), Renoir’s first sound film, also starring Michel Simon
  • Jean Renoir le patron: “Michel Simon” a ninety-five-minute 1967 French television program featuring a conversation between Renoir and Simon, directed by Jacques Rivette
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

    New cover by Blutch

Film Essays

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La chienne: He, She, and the Other Guy

By Ginette Vincendeau June 15, 2016

Although afflicted by on-set drama and offscreen tragedy, Jean Renoir’s La Chienne shows the director’s early mastery of sound cinema and features the trademarks that would come to define his . . . Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Renoir in Minneapolis

December 15, 2016

This weekend, Jean Renoir’s La chienne will screen at the Trylon microcinema, in Minneapolis, as part of a monthlong series dedicated to the French master’s groundbreaking work in the 1930s. A . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Current_28393id_010_thumbnail

La chienne: He, She, and the Other Guy

By Ginette Vincendeau June 15, 2016

Although afflicted by on-set drama and offscreen tragedy, Jean Renoir’s La Chienne shows the director’s early mastery of sound cinema and features the trademarks that would come to define his . . . Read more »


Flashbacks

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Flashback: Jean Renoir and Michel Simon

By Peter Cowie June 13, 2016

In advance of our release tomorrow of Jean Renoir’s La chienne, Peter Cowie reflects on the era of collaboration between the director and his star, Michel Simon. Read more »

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