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23 February 1967 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very enjoyable; Michel Simon is inspired as Boudu. See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michel Simon ... Priape Boudu
Marcelle Hainia ... Emma Lestingois
Sévérine Lerczinska ... Chloë Anne Marie, la bonne
Jean Gehret ... Vigour
Max Dalban ... Godin
Jean Dasté ... L'étudiant

Charles Granval ... Édouard Lestingois (as Charles Granval Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
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Jacques Becker ... Le poète (uncredited)
Georges D'Arnoux ... Un invité à la noce (uncredited)
Régine Lutèce ... La promeneuse (uncredited)
Jane Pierson ... Rose, la voisine (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
René Fauchois (play)

Jean Renoir  screenplay (uncredited)
Albert Valentin  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Michel Simon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Asselin  (as Asselin)
Marcel Lucien (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne de Troeye 
Marguerite Renoir (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Jean Castanier  (as Castanier)
Hugues Laurent  (as Laurent)
 
Production Management
Clément Ollier .... unit manager
Jean Gehret .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Becker .... assistant director
Georges D'Arnoux .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Igor B. Kalinovski .... sound (as Kalinowski)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Alphen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Giandomenico Zeppa .... final colorist: digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jean Boulze .... musician: flute solo (as J. Boulze)
Edouard Dumoulin .... chorus
 

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Also Known As:
"Boudu sauvé des eaux" - France (original title)
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France:85 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

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Inspired an episode of the cartoon TV series _The Flintstones_. From season 2, "This is Your Lifesaver" was about a con man who Fred saves from drowning and then wreaks havoc in the Flintstone household.See more »
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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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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Very enjoyable; Michel Simon is inspired as Boudu., 3 September 2000
Author: Tom May (joycean_chap@hotmail.com) from United Kingdom

I'm sure this film would have raised many an eyebrow at the time, perhaps due to the distinctly modern depiction of marriage and relationships. Jean Renoir directs and writes with a sure, light touch, poking subtle fun at bourgeois values through Granval and Hainia's characters. Charles Granval is wonderful as the laid back liberal Bookseller, with no real skills of character judgement, while Marcelle Hainia is delightful as the wife not quite as prim and "respectable" as she seems at first. The major portrayal is of Boudu, though. Michel Simon shows a remarkable comic touch, up to the likes of Tati almost (what an interesting pairing Tati and Simon would have made...). His vagabond, Boudu is both a seedy and wonderfully endearing creation, with moments of casual, blunt pathos and eccentricity interspersed expertly by Renoir. In many ways, the work of Chaplin seems an influence on the film, with the lowly tramp portrayed as no worse than the bourgeosie. There is none of Chaplin's much remarked-upon sentimentality though, with Boudu coming never less than a little flawed. It's interesting to view how he changes throughout the film, from suicidal to anarchic to a man of principled decision- the final choice he has to make in the wonderful end sequence.

As the first Renoir I've seen, it bodes well for future renoir viewings as "Boudu" generally isn't seen as one of his masterpieces.

"Boudu Saved From Drowning" is a delight. It's pace is leisurely, relaxed, but never seems slow. It's a better film than the 1934 Vigo effort "L'Atalante" starring Simon, as it has excellent characters and an effective, humour and plot. Wonderful it is, be assured. Rating:- **** 1/2 (out of *****).

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