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La Chienne (1931)
"La chienne" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  30 April 1976 (USA)
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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Janie Marèse ...
Lucienne 'Lulu' Pelletier (as Janie Marèze)
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Andre 'Dédé' Govain
Magdeleine Bérubet ...
Adèle Legrand
Roger Gaillard ...
Alexis Godard (as Gaillard)
Jean Gehret ...
Dugodet
Alexandre Rignault ...
Langelard
Lucien Mancini ...
Wallstein (as Mancini)
Marcel Courmes ...
Colonel
Max Dalban ...
Bonnard
Henri Guisol ...
Amedée
Romain Bouquet ...
Henriot
Pierre Desty ...
Gustave
Jane Pierson ...
Concierge
Christian Argentin ...
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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money. Written by Yepok

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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 »

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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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A timeless tale of He, She and The Other Guy
18 August 2014 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

If you're someone who likes the films of Jean Renoir this is a must-see – that's my highest praise. It's pretty essential in the history of French cinema too, although the keeping of it in perspective is now absolutely essential thanks to the onslaught of Time. As someone who has loved the works of Renoir all my life I don't know why it's taken me decades to get round to La Chienne - I've had it to watch for years, but at least I've finally managed it. Advice: don't leave it too long.

Timid art-loving bank clerk with a scold for a wife who carries a torch for her dead previous husband falls in love with a woman who carries a torch for her rather violent waster of a boyfriend. Everyone is on the make, everyone is dislikeable, and everyone gets what they deserve – with one apparent exception. Michel Simon as Legrand acted his heart out surrounded by the circling human sharks, both direct and in the case of all the art-dealers, indirect. In Boudu he became a rather shabby shark. Janie Marese also had an intensely realistic part in the Tart without a heart Lulu – a tragedy that she died in a car crash on the way to the film's premiere. The gleaming photography was inventive for the time, almost magical in its spareness, and you're utterly immersed the world of 1931 its atmosphere, its people and their mores. The sound was a bit primitive, but it is in real life.

Marvellous stuff - the realism is complete, it's either a human tragicomedy or not, or a simple dark moral tale or not or nothing at all, or not. Anyway, imho it's most definitely a perfect companion piece for the classic Boudu which was to follow the next year from Renoir.


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