Boudu Saved from Drowning Film Still

Boudu Saved from Drowning

Jean Renoir

 
Boudu Saved from Drowning (Criterion DVD)

DVD

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  • France
  • 1932
  • 84 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #305

Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller, Edouard Lestingois (Charles Granval). The Lestingois family decides to take in the irrepressible bum, and he shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations. With Boudu Saved from Drowning, legendary director Jean Renoir takes advantage of a host of Parisian locations and the anarchic charms of his lead actor to create an effervescent satire of the bourgeoisie.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Archival introduction by Jean Renoir
  • New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Excerpt from a 1967 Cinéastes de notre temps program, featuring Renoir and Michel Simon
  • French television conversation between director Eric Rohmer and critic Jean Douchet
  • Interactive map of 1930s Paris, highlighting the film’s locations
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a new essay by Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Boudu Saved from Drowning: Tramping in the City

By Christopher Faulkner August 22, 2005

When Jean Renoir looked back on Boudu Saved from Drowning from the vantage point of 1967, there were two aspects of the film that stood out in his mind. One, not surprisingly, was the brilliant, . . . Read more »

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Bobbing for Boudu

December 08, 2010

Over at his New Yorker blog, The Front Row, Richard Brody dives back into Jean Renoir’s Boudu Saved from Drowning, the Criterion edition of which is his DVD pick of the week. Over a lovingly . . . Read more »


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Boudu Saved from Drowning: Tramping in the City

By Christopher Faulkner August 22, 2005

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