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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 »
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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  (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)

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 (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
Music Department
Gabriel Benlolo .... musician: percussion - Dupin score
Benjamin Caillaud .... assistant music recordist: Dupin score
Dominique Collemare .... musician: trumpet - Dupin score
Jean-Baptiste Courtois .... musician: harmonium - Dupin score
Anne-Cécile Cuniot .... musician: flute - Dupin score
Hélène Devilleneuve .... musician: oboe - Dupin score
Marc-Olivier Dupin .... conductor: new score
Clément Escaffre .... assistant music recordist: Dupin score
Jérome Julien-Laferrière .... musician: clarinet - Dupin score
Valérie Kafelnikov .... musician: harp - Dupin score
Hae Sun Kang .... musician: violin - Dupin score
Sylvain Le Provost .... musician: double bass - Dupin score
Jean-Loup Morette .... music recordist: Dupin score
Takenori Nemoto .... musician: horn - Dupin score
Frank Sibold .... musician: bassoon - Dupin score
Benny Sluchin .... musician: trombone - Dupin score
Renaud Stahl .... musician: alto - Dupin score
Agnès Vesterman .... musician: cello - Dupin score

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A disappointment, 31 May 2008
Author: Thorkell A Ottarsson from Norway

I really looked forward to seeing Nana after seeing Renoir amazing debut work, Whirlpool of Fate. I had read that Nana was generally considered his best silent film so I had high hopes. Sadly this felt like a huge step backwards.

Catherine Hessling is the main problem with this film. Her acting is over the top, even for a silent film. Her acting is more like what one would expect in a film from the early teens, not the late 20s. She usually has the same face, which reminds me (sorry to say) of someone with constipation pains. It was also very difficult to believe that any man would fall for this femme fatale. There was nothing charming about her at all.

The film was also quite long drawn, the camera work was uninteresting (aside from a shot of a horse race) and the editing was dull. The story reminded me of Pabst's Pandora's Box. It is interesting to compare the two because there are only 3 years between these films. Pandora's Box simply scores on every level where Nana fails.

This film is only for Renoir completists or very serious silent films buffs.

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