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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

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 November 1931 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Chienne See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of Janie Marèse who was killed in a car accident shortly after filming was completed. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the final scene, when the car pulls up outside the art gallery and Legrand goes to open the door, the reflection of Jean Renoir directing the shot is visible in the glass of the passenger window of the car. See more »

Quotes

Lucienne Pelletier dite Lulu: Just yesterday he said if he had money, he'd dress me up nice and I wouldn't look half bad.
Maurice Legrand: You look fine as you are.
Lucienne Pelletier dite Lulu: And he's so talented. He does a terrific imitation of Maurice Chevalier. But he has no connections, so I have to help him.
Maurice Legrand: You help him?
Lucienne Pelletier dite Lulu: Yes, we've been together three years. That's like being married, isn't it?
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Serenata
Composed by Enrico Toselli
(1900)
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One Of Renoir's Best
18 April 2018 | by FiahmSee all my reviews

Really, this deserves higher than a score of eight, for it is just about everything you really need from a film - an original tale with something to say about the human condition told creatively and powerfully. Michel Simon is of course perfect, and so far ahead in realism than almost any other actor in early sound cinema.

The only real flaws in it are a few patchy moments of low sound recording and the sluggish pacing of scene transitions, which seem more to belong to the earlier silent era. Because of this there is a certain creakiness to the film but I find this really only adds to the charm, since it reminds the viewer that this is one of the first French sound movies ever, and a couple of years earlier the very medium itself didn't even exist.


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