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The Lower Depths (1936)
"Les bas-fonds" (original title)

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A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wasska Pepel
Suzy Prim ...
Vassilissa Kostyleva
Louis Jouvet ...
Le baron / The Baron
Jany Holt ...
Nastia
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Kostylev
Robert Le Vigan ...
The Alcoholic Actor
Camille Bert ...
The Count
René Génin ...
Louka, the wise old man (as René Genin)
Paul Temps ...
Satine
Robert Ozanne ...
Jabot de Travers
Henri Saint-Isle ...
Kletsch, the cobbler (as Saint-Iles)
Alex Allin
André Gabriello ...
The Inspector
Léon Larive ...
Felix, le majordomo
Nathalie Alexeeff ...
Anna, the dying woman
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The winner of the Louis Delluc Prize as the most outstanding French photo-play of 1936, as selected by the Young Independent Critics of France (an organization and not a description.) The film treats the imprisoning hold of poverty; the disheartening odds of people rising from such social despair, and the ease in which those in the upper spheres of Society may descend. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 September 1937 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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As Kostylev lies dead on the anvil, the shadow of the camera can be seen approaching on the ground. See more »

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Vassilissa Kostyleva: One day, everything will be ours. We'll go away together. To live the good life where no one knows us.
Wasska Pepel: Stop it.
Vassilissa Kostyleva: You don't love me anymore. Why not?
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Highly watchable!
22 August 2006 | by (garbanzo) – See all my reviews

The Criterion Collection offers two different film versions of "The Lower Depths": one made in 1936 by Jean Renoir and another one made in 1957 by Kurosawa. The two directors never worked together on either film. In fact, they only met once in their lives, many years later. Both films are based on Russian writer Maxim Gorky's 1902 play, which describes life in a miserable slum where most characters have lost all sense of hope. Renoir deals with this serious subject matter in a much more humorous and amusing way than Kurosawa, whose film is slower, decidedly somber and a lot more difficult to digest. While Renoir's work takes the viewer in an out of the slums, Kurosawa doesn't allow one to see beyond the wretchedness of the underworld. Both films are great, but it was probably Kurosawa's which left a more durable and deeper impression on me.


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