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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 ...
L'étudiant
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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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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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A comedy? More a social commentary.
11 August 2008 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It's a movie with some more subtle humor but nevertheless it's not really a movie that could ever make me laugh, which was mostly because due to Michel Simon his very over the top portrayal of the tramp Boudu. You know, the kind of performance in which he plays his character constantly in a drunk way in an attempt to make him look funny. Also his look is far from convincing, with his fake looking beard and big wig. Hello afro! It just isn't the best or most likable character imaginable. When it comes down to French comedy from the early days of cinema ('20' and '30's) this really isn't the best the genre has to offer. For instance you're way better off watching a René Clair movie.

The movie can be seen as a social commentary to the French bourgeoisie and difference between classes. It's this element mostly that makes the movie an interesting watch. No denying that Jean Renoir was a great director who knew how to set up a story and scenes. He also always gets his point across, without having to force too much. Like always, he also in this movie uses some interesting sequences that have deeper meanings to it and the movie is filled with some metaphors.

As you could expect from a Jean Renoir movie, it's also technically a good one. The movie features some interesting camera-shots, which must have also been really original and revolutionary for its time. The editing isn't always too great however.

Not Renoir's best but it's an enjoyable enough little movie.

7/10

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