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Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
"Boudu sauvé des eaux" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy  |  23 February 1967 (USA)
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Boudu, a tramp, jumps into the Seine. He is rescued by Mr Lestingois, a gentle and good bookseller, who gives shelter to him. Mrs Lestingois and the maid Anne-Marie (Mr Lestingois' mistress... See full summary »

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Marcelle Hainia ...
Sévérine Lerczinska ...
Jean Gehret ...
Vigour
Max Dalban ...
Godin
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Édouard Lestingois (as Charles Granval Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
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Boudu, a tramp, jumps into the Seine. He is rescued by Mr Lestingois, a gentle and good bookseller, who gives shelter to him. Mrs Lestingois and the maid Anne-Marie (Mr Lestingois' mistress) are far from delighted, for Boudu is lazy, dirty and salacious... Written by Yepok

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French audiences were outraged by Boudu's antisocial behavior to the extent that police had to be called to several theaters to restore order. In some areas the film was immediately pulled because of its polarizing effect. See more »

Quotes

Chloë Anne Marie, la bonne: Why have a piano if no one plays it?
Édouard Lestingois: Even so, we have a piano because we are respectable people.
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Referenced in L'Atalante (1934) See more »

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When You Ain't Got Nothing, You Got Nothing to Lose!
12 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some lightweight, Chaplainesque stuff from Jean Renoir. This is the story of a tramp who tries to kill himself and is rescued by a lazy, unmotivated bookseller. Apparently, the rescuer now feels an obligation to provide a home for this hopeless man. Instead of showing gratitude, Boudu takes advantage of everyone, projecting his coarse being in every direction. He seduces the man's wife, spits on the floor, floods the house; you name it. He also gets a dose of civilization and finds it a two edged sword. Michel Simon is awesome in the role, bumbling through life. It's hard to imagine him having enough angst to commit suicide (maybe he was just taking a bath or going for a swim anyway). This popped up as a treat on Turner Classic Movies and I was immediately hooked. I've seen most of the "big" films of Renoir. This little piece is a classic as well. See it if you can.


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