1931, Jean Renoir, France, 91 min. With Michel Simon, Janie Marèse.
- Sat, Sep 24th 5:00pm
- Mon, Sep 26th 6:00pm
"A comedy in the best sense...lit by the unique combination of compassion, wit, amusement, and surprise that this greatest of all French filmmakers has brought to virtually every film he's ever made." — Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Renoir's second talkie marked a turning point in his own career and a milestone of early sound-cinema style on the order of M and THE BLUE ANGEL, flouting the supposed limitations of the new technology with fluid camerawork, extensive location-shooting, and evocative ambient sounds (all recorded directly). Based on the same novel by Georges de la Fouchardière that would later underpin Fritz Lang's 1945 film noir SCARLET STREET, the story concerns a henpecked bookkeeper and amateur painter (Simon in the first of his great 1930s roles) who is both liberated and exploited by his involvement with a prostitute (Marèse) and her pimp (Georges Flamant). From the puppet-show opening to the Chaplinesque epilogue, Renoir enriches a conventional love-triangle plot with layers of self-reflexive irony and moral ambiguity, boldly mixing theatricality and realism to mutually enhancing effect. In French with English subtitles. 2K DCP digital restoration from Janus Films. (MR)
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