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Pierre Lestringuez (scenario)
Émile Zola (inspired by the novel by)
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Release Date:
25 June 1926 (France) See more »
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When the vivacious and beautiful Nana bombs at the Théâtre des Variétés, she embarks on the life of a courtesan, using her allure and charisma to entice and pleasure men. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Catherine Hessling ... Nana
Pierre Lestringuez ... Bordenave (as Pierre Philippe)
Jacqueline Forzane ... La Comtesse Sabine Muffat
Werner Krauss ... Le Comte Muffat
Jean Angelo ... Le Comte de Vandeuvres
Raymond Guérin-Catelain ... Georges Hugon (as R. Guérin Catelain)
Claude Autant-Lara ... Fauchery (as Claude Moore)
Pierre Champagne ... Hector de la Faloise
Karl Harbacher ... Francis, le coiffeur (as Arbacher)
Valeska Gert ... Zoe, la femme de chambre
Jacqueline Ford ... Rose Mignon

Dennis Price ... Le jockey de 'Nana' (as Price)
Gresham ... Le jockey de 'Lusignan'
Luc Dartagnan ... Maréchal, le bookmaker (as Dartagnan)
Nita Romani ... Satin
Roberto Pla ... Bosc (as R. Pla)
Gorieux ... Le médecin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Braunberger ... Un spectateur (uncredited)
André Cerf ... The Tiger (uncredited)
René Koval ... Fontan (uncredited)

Marie Prevost ... Gaga (uncredited)
Raymond Turgy ... Un spectateur (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
Pierre Lestringuez (scenario)

Émile Zola (inspired by the novel by)

Denise Leblond (intertitles) (as Mme Le Blond Zola)

Produced by
Jean Renoir .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marc-Olivier Dupin (score 2002)
Maurice Jaubert 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Bachelet 
Edmund Corwin  (as C. E. Corwin)
 
Film Editing by
Jean Renoir 
 
Art Direction by
Claude Autant-Lara 
 
Costume Design by
Claude Autant-Lara  (as C. Autant Lala)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Cerf .... assistant director
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter
 

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Tableau or Not Tableau..., 15 February 2013
Author: TypoMonq from United States

There is a specular quality to Nana that would appear to have some bearing on later Renoir films (Regle and M. Lange come to mind)... however, the affectations of the performances are so tremendously overwrought that each character becomes caricature. The plot plays out like a Punch and Judy show (in this reviewer's opinion) and I will be the first to admit that I would surely benefit from being more familiar with its literary roots in Zola (Nana that is to say... and not Punch and Judy!). The affectations also render the very milieu a grotesque, disdainful stage. Perhaps this was Renoir's intention. Perhaps Renoir was fighting against his better judgment to adapt literary sources prior to knowing the path of his own stylistic system and development. Nana has ample opportunities to employ Renoir's signature stylistic model, however, he refuses to liberate the camera or utilize deep staging for his multiple protagonists. Instead, we are left with theater-like tableau shots. The tableau and caricature make one wonder about how apt the blanketing of "naturalism" works as an operational descriptor across Renoir's oeuvre. But the coup de grace comes with the use of studio sets for exteriors during some of the scenes at the horse races. Much is left to desire and Renoir overemphasizes his ability to over-determine every aspect of the production. Again there is a near-death hallucination impressionist sequence at the end (like La Fille de L'Eau)... is Renoir prognosticating about the death of something in the cinematic medium itself? His next film would be an ironic compliment to the Jazz Singer.

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