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

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  10 September 1937 (USA)
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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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Suzy Prim ...
Vassilissa Kostyleva
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Le baron
Jany Holt ...
Nastia
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Kostylev
Robert Le Vigan ...
L'acteur alcoolique
Camille Bert ...
Le comte
René Génin ...
Louka - le philosophe (as René Genin)
Paul Temps ...
Satine - le télégraphiste
Robert Ozanne ...
Jabot de Travers
Henri Saint-Isle ...
Klestch - le cordonnier (as Saint-Iles)
Alex Allin ...
Tatar
André Gabriello ...
Toptoun - l'inspecteur des garnis
Léon Larive ...
Felix - le valet du baron
Nathalie Alexeeff ...
Anna - un pauvresse qui se meurt
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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10 September 1937 (USA)  »

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The Lower Depths  »

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(Tobis-Klangfilm)

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1.37 : 1
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Additional awards:
  • Second Prize at the International Film Festival (USA, 1937)


  • Movie Times Award (Japan, 1937).


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Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The last scene zooms out and fades away to the end title: 'FIN'. See more »


Soundtracks

Title unknown
Lyrics by Charles Spaak
Sung by Irène Joachim
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Strong drama
27 July 1999 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine) – See all my reviews

Very dark but strong drama, about a bunch of people with no faith and no hope. It's very cynical, but Jean Renoir's directions gives the movie a unique twist. Great acting by Jouvet and Gabin, and young Junie Astor.


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