La chienne (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

La chienne (1931) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray
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La chienne Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1931 | 96 min | Not rated | Jun 14, 2016

50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UPC 715515178914


La chienne (1931) Blu-ray

Married to a shrewish war widow, Mr. Legrand has a hobby: painting. He falls in love with Lulu, a young woman exploited by a pimp, who has business acumen.

Director: Jean Renoir
Writer: Jean Renoir
Starring: Michel Simon, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard, Jean Gehret, Alexandre Rignault, Max Dalban

La chienne

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 sense of humanity. A hangdog 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 and turning narrative—a stinging commentary on class and sexual divides—to an unforgettably ironic conclusion.

Special Features:
New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir from 1967
New interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner
New restoration of On purge bébé (1931), Renoir's first sound film, also starring Michel Simon and never before on Blu-ray or DVD in the U.S.
Jean Renoir le patron: "Michel Simon" (1966), a ninety-minute French television program featuring a conversation between Renoir and Simon, moderated by filmmaker Jacques Rivette>
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by film scholar and critic Ginette Vincendeau

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