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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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Certainly well made Renoir film, but ultimately rather dull 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)

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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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

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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:
Édouard Lestingois:The man who spits in Balzac's "Physiology of Marriage" is less than nothing to me.
Priape Boudu:Who is that man?
Édouard Lestingois:Ask my wife.
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Certainly well made Renoir film, but ultimately rather dull, 10 September 2009
Author: (flakmagnet15@gmail.com) from United States

This is a difficult film to review succinctly. I didn't really enjoy it, but the film is well-made, well acted, and the underlying message is still poignant. At the time, "Boudu Saved from Drowning" was quite controversial, with Michel Simon's portrayal of the antisocial, uncompromised tramp (Boudu) inciting audiences to actual riot. (In fact, the film was apparently pulled from theaters by French police several days into its screening). Essentially, "Boudu Saved from Drowning" is an attack on liberalism, as well as a sort of black satire about societal class differences. Through their interaction with Boudu, a stereotypical Burgeouise family showcase the consequences of liberal idealism, as their efforts to help and reform Boudu all backfire unpredictably. Boudu is an irredeemable, unchangeable, and uncompromised outsider and he is happy as such. In the words of Jean Renoir, "...Micheal Simon was more than a tramp. He was the personification of all tramps." In other words, the lower class. Michel Simon does a great job with the part and the Boudu character is memorable. However, the rest of the characters are unlikeable (e.g. a perverse, overweight philanderer; his unabashed housekeeper mistress, a caustic wife, etc.) and the film's narrative is just, well, stuffy. I'd probably appreciate a film like this much more at 60 than I do at 30. For a film from 1931, "Boudu" does seem pretty fresh and the print looks terrific. Nonetheless, I didn't find "Boudu" very engaging. I can't recommend this one. ---|--- Reviews by Flak Magnet

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