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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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150 min
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Early European drama by a master., 6 October 2002
Author: xbatmanx

NANA is a dramatic love story by Renoir, one of the few directors that understood all aspects of cinematography. For me, these early mutes are the reason why cinematography is also an art form. Much more then the money driven "products" that came out the last years (spending millions on 1 film, but not including a story?). NANA only strengthened that opinion. It's certainly not the best film from the thirties I've seen. I find some scenes too long for that, but it's still very good. The sets are inside the hotel and house are amazing, the plot is strong. The actor that played Muffat is the best I've seen from that generation of films. I'm not really a fan of films that have a dramatic love story as a starting-point, I find it quickly too slow, but that's just really un-PC from me. ;) 6.5/10

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