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

 -  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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Complete credited cast:
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Marcelle Hainia ...
Emma Lestingois
Sévérine Lerczinska ...
Chloë Anne Marie, la bonne
Jean Gehret ...
Vigour
Max Dalban ...
Godin
Jean Dasté ...
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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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(Tobis-Klangfilm)

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1.19 : 1
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The poet on the bench at the beginning is Jacques Becker, assistant director for that movie. He later directed Casque d'Or (1952) and other famous movies. 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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Générique
Written by Léo Daniderff (uncredited)
Performed by Raphaël
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Great little early Renoir film
4 June 2000 | by (North Thailand) – See all my reviews

"Boudu Saved From Drowning" is hardly one of the director's masterworks (though I have seen it on critics' Top Ten lists that excluded "Rules of the Game" and "Grand Illusion") but it is a fine little film in its own right. The story of the scruffy tramp (Michel Simon in a role quite similar to his in "L'atalante") who is adopted by a wealthy book store owner after the book seller saves him from from drowning himself. Instead of being grateful for the rescue Boudu couldn't care less and makes a genuine mess of his host's home and seduces the man's wife and maid (whom the book seller is also sleeping with on the side).

The film is well photographed, employing the deep-focus photography and smooth camera movement that Renoir would later go on to perfect. Though "Boudu's" satire is not as sharp as that of "Rules" it is much less malicious. This film is out of print in any video format, but hopefully a good re-issue print will find its way back into circulation.


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