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Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

Boudu sauvé des eaux (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 23 February 1967 (USA)
A bookseller saves a tramp from drowning and shelters him, but the tramp's odd behavior starts to wear everyone down.

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Jean Renoir

Writer:

René Fauchois (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Priape Boudu
Marcelle Hainia Marcelle Hainia ... Emma Lestingois
Sévérine Lerczinska ... Chloë Anne Marie, la bonne
Jean Gehret Jean Gehret ... Vigour
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Godin
Jean Dasté ... L'étudiant
Charles Granval ... Édouard Lestingois (as Charles Granval Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geneviève Cadix Geneviève Cadix
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Storyline

Boudu, a tramp, jumps into the Seine. He is rescued by Mr Lestingois, a gentle and good bookseller, who gives shelter to him. Mrs Lestingois and the maid Anne-Marie (Mr Lestingois' mistress) are far from delighted, for Boudu is lazy, dirty and salacious... Written by Yepok

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Genres:

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Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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[first lines]
Édouard Lestingois: Anne-Marie, you are like the nymphs. You are as graceful as they are and could frolic in mossy glades, drink from the springs, and dance naked under the moon on summer nights. Bacchus would have presided at the nuptials of Priapus Lestingois and his Chloë, Anne-Marie.
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Written by Léo Daniderff (uncredited)
Performed by Raphaël
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A Story Of Eau
5 June 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

As it is about to be remade with the great Gerard Depardieu as the eponymous clochard and another Gerard (Jugnot) on bullhorn London gets a brief (two screenings) look at the original as part of its 'Classics Of French Cinema' season (not, alas, as rewarding as it might be given that the usual suspects (L'Atalante, Zero de conduit, etc) are being wheeled out yet again, as is this old warhorse. Serious fans/students/scholars of French cinema cut their teeth on this stuff and quality though it undoubtedly is it would be nice to get a crack at some of the less screened-until-the-perfs-cry-uncle titles that were being turned out at the same time. That being said if we HAVE to revive the tried-and-true this is as good an example as any. Trouper Michel Simon - he died in harness in his eightieth year and his one hundred and ninth film - whose career punctuated French cinema in titles like Quai des brumes and Panique (later remade by Patrice Leconte as Monsieur Hire) found a signature role in Boudu and it's difficult not to believe that super-ham Charles Laughton clocked this performance whilst still impressionable and lifted or (as Gilbert Adair would justify plagiarism) paid 'homage' to some of Simon's more outre capers. The basic story can be found as far back as 'Tartuffe' and as far forward as 'Apres Vous' but is no worse for that. If there is a moral to be found it may well be 'don't save a dying man because it's twelve-to-seven he'll turn out to be a catylist. 7/10


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