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Director:
Writers:
Émile Zola (novel) and
Jean Renoir (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 February 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Simple and Complex See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Jean Gabin ... Jacques Lantier

Simone Simon ... Séverine Roubaud

Fernand Ledoux ... Roubaud (as Ledoux Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Blanchette Brunoy ... Flore
Gérard Landry ... Le fils Dauvergne (as Gerard Landry)
Jenny Hélia ... Philomène Sauvagnat (as Jenny Helia)
Colette Régis ... Victoire Pecqueux (as Colette Regis)
Claire Gérard ... Une voyageuse (as Claire Gerard)
Charlotte Clasis ... Tante Phasie, la marraine de Lantier (as Germaine Clasis)
Jacques Berlioz ... Grandmorin (as Berlioz)
Tony Corteggiani ... Dabadie, le chef de section (as Cortegianni)
André Tavernier ... Le juge d'instruction Denizet
Marcel Pérès ... Un lampiste (as Perez)

Jean Renoir ... Cabuche
Julien Carette ... Pecqueux (as Carette)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Roussel ... Commissaire Cauche (as Roussel)
Jacques Beauvais ... (uncredited)

Jacques Becker ... Un lampiste (uncredited)
Jacques B. Brunius ... Un garçon de ferme (uncredited)
Marguerite de Morlaye ... (uncredited)
Guy Decomble ... Le garde-barrière (uncredited)
Émile Genevois ... Un garçon de ferme (uncredited)
Léon Larive ... Le valet de chambre (uncredited)
Maurice Marceau ... Un mécanicien (uncredited)
Georges Péclet ... Un cheminot (uncredited)
Georges Spanelly ... Camy-Lamotte, le secrétaire de Grandmorin (uncredited)
Marcel Veyran ... Le chanteur (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
Émile Zola (novel)

Denise Leblond  dialogue (uncredited)
Jean Renoir  adaptation and dialogue (uncredited)
Jean Renoir  screenplay

Produced by
Raymond Hakim .... producer
Robert Hakim .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Kosma  (as J. Kosma)
 
Cinematography by
Curt Courant 
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne de Troeye 
Marguerite Renoir  (as Marg. Houlet Renoir)
 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié  (as Lourié)
 
Costume Design by
Laure Lourié (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frédéric Liotier .... production supervisor
Metchikian .... unit manager
Roland Tual .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suzanne de Troeye .... assistant director
Claude Renoir .... assistant director (as Claude Renoir ainé)
 
Sound Department
Robert Teisseire .... sound engineer (as Teissere)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Ferrier .... assistant camera
Sam Levin .... still photographer
Jacques Natteau .... assistant camera (as Natteau)
Maurice Pecqueux .... assistant camera (as Pecqueux)
Claude Renoir Jr. .... camera operator
Alain Renoir .... assistant camera
Claude Renoir .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Suzanne de Troeye .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La bête humaine" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | France:U (Visa #789) | Germany:6 (DVD rating) | Italy:16+ | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1939) (passed with cuts) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
Severine gives Roubaud a Nogent knife, which he is impressed with. The region of Nogent-Bassigny is a centre of French cutlery manufacture. It also the name of a company that makes knives and similar items.See more »
Quotes:
Jacques Lantier:Pecqueux, I have to tell you something. Don't say a word and don't move. I killed her. That's right, I killed her. It's all over. I'll never see her again. It'll be the death of me, I know it. I couldn't bear to hold her anymore. I loved her, you know? I loved her little hands most of all. But there's one thing I don't get: why haven't they arrested me?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Le coeur de NinonSee more »

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Simple and Complex, 24 November 2009
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

There are two powder kegs in this film. The first is Lantier (Gabin) who wells up with violence when in the embrace of women. The second is Sevarin, played by Simone Simon. We can see the convergence of the twain as these two make their respective ways toward each other. Lantier is a railroad engineer and a very competent one. His locomotive is his passion. People are aware that he has an illness which he describes as the result of being the lineage of a host of alcoholics. He is lonely, however, and when he falls for Sevarin he falls for good. She is married and is complicit with her husband in killing a man for whom she was a mistress. Her husband, who also is a railroad man, feels he needs to kill him in order to restore his own honor. Lantier is a witness after the fact and this is when he connects with Sevarin. The romance is very passionate, but she needs him to kill her husband. He is not a conscious killer and can't do the job. This complicates everything and ruins Lantier's life. This is a simple tale that is complicated by the nature of the triangle. Renoir does some wonderful things with the camera and sets it all up very well.

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