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La Chienne (1931)

La chienne (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 April 1976 (USA)
A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.



(novel) (as Georges de la Fouchardière), (adaptation)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janie Marèse ...
Lucienne Pelletier
Roger Gaillard ...
L'adjudant (as Gaillard)
Romain Bouquet ...
Pierre Desty ...
Mlle Doryans ...
Alexandre Rignault ...
Lucien Mancini ...
Wallstein (as Mancini)
Marcel Courmes ...
Jane Pierson ...
La concierge
Christian Argentin ...
Le juge d'instruction (as Argentin)
Max Dalban ...
Bernard (as Dalban)
Jean Gehret ...
Dugodet (as Gehret)


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Release Date:

30 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Chienne  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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In order to change her own "over-refined" accent into that of a low class girl, Renoir made Marese imitate Maurice Chevalier. See more »


When Lulu reads her books, she is on the left side of the bed (1:06:16). But when Maurice sits down, she jumps to the right side in the next shot. See more »


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Jean Renoir examines the tragedy and comedy of life and creates a masterpiece
19 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I do not know what else to add to the previous two reviews before mine. The movie begins as two puppets argue about the theme of the movie we are about to see. One swears it is a comedy. The other avers that it be a tragedy. Both are slapped out of the way by another who says it is neither. Let us be the judge. The tale of a sad sack bank employee who sweats his whole life in a job he hates and falls for a low-life woman has similarities to the Dietrich classic Blue Angel but this movie has bigger themes and issues on its mind. His hilarious deduction and situational comedy as the man tries to outwit his way out of his marriage and the calamity that befalls him diagnoses the gray line that is life. And the bitter sweet ending endorses that in life, we may not get what we want but we might revel in what we need; and true happiness is a figment of mere necessity. A wonderful movie that must be seem. P.S. For those who appreciate the art of movies, you cannot but marvel at the directional technique of Renoir. The man understands cinema. His transitional shots are sublime and ridiculous in a good way propelling the movie along. And a murder scene is so effectively staged, it reminds that it might have been executed by Hitchcock himself. Long live great cinema and great directors who enrich our empathy for it!!!

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