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La Chienne (1931)

La chienne (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 20 November 1931 (France)
A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Georges de La Fouchardière (novel) (as Georges de la Fouchardière), Jean Renoir (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Maurice Legrand
Janie Marèse ... Lucienne Pelletier dite Lulu
Georges Flamant ... André Jauguin dit Dédé
Roger Gaillard Roger Gaillard ... L'adjudant Alexis Godard (as Gaillard)
Romain Bouquet Romain Bouquet ... Henriot - le patron de la bonneterie
Pierre Desty Pierre Desty ... Gustave Brocheton
Mlle Doryans Mlle Doryans ... Yvonne
Lucien Mancini Lucien Mancini ... Wallstein (as Mancini)
Jane Pierson Jane Pierson ... Philomène - la concierge
Christian Argentin Christian Argentin ... Le juge d'instruction Desrumaux (as Argentin)
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Bernard - le collègue (as Dalban)
Jean Gehret Jean Gehret ... Monsieur Dugodet (as Gehret)
Magdeleine Bérubet Magdeleine Bérubet ... Adèle Legrand (as Magdelaine Berubet)
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Storyline

Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money. Written by Yepok

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 November 1931 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Renoir's second sound film. See more »

Goofs

When Lulu reads her books, she is on the left side of the bed (1:06:16). But when Maurice sits down, she jumps to the right side in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

André Jauguin dit Dédé: A word of advice, pal: Train them correctly right from the start. And for that you gotta know what you're doing. Especially since your dame's no spring chicken. Don't let her snow you with her diamonds and chauffeur.
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Jean Renoir examines the tragedy and comedy of life and creates a masterpiece
19 May 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

I do not know what else to add to the previous two reviews before mine. The movie begins as two puppets argue about the theme of the movie we are about to see. One swears it is a comedy. The other avers that it be a tragedy. Both are slapped out of the way by another who says it is neither. Let us be the judge. The tale of a sad sack bank employee who sweats his whole life in a job he hates and falls for a low-life woman has similarities to the Dietrich classic Blue Angel but this movie has bigger themes and issues on its mind. His hilarious deduction and situational comedy as the man tries to outwit his way out of his marriage and the calamity that befalls him diagnoses the gray line that is life. And the bitter sweet ending endorses that in life, we may not get what we want but we might revel in what we need; and true happiness is a figment of mere necessity. A wonderful movie that must be seem. P.S. For those who appreciate the art of movies, you cannot but marvel at the directional technique of Renoir. The man understands cinema. His transitional shots are sublime and ridiculous in a good way propelling the movie along. And a murder scene is so effectively staged, it reminds that it might have been executed by Hitchcock himself. Long live great cinema and great directors who enrich our empathy for it!!!


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