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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.

Director:

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:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boudu Saved from Drowning See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

Not released in the US until 1967. See more »

Quotes

[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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Hanging loose
28 May 2006 | by RNQSee all my reviews

Actually it's hard to overpraise any of Jean Renoir's movies. They all have, but this one particularly, a wonderful openness, and thereby freedom for characters to make fresh choices. Propped in a door frame, cleaning his shoes, whatever Boudu does seems unplanned, Renoir saying "Why not?" to anything Michel Simon invented in the liberty of his hair and costumes. Freer maybe than the more carefully scripted inventions of Chaplin and Keaton; right up there with Jean Vigo's "Zero de conduite." Renoir could do crowds; he could do both boating on a stream and a country wedding. He could do human beings, which gives us humanity. Art needs this bouduisme, and long may Boudu live, preferably on a good DVD.


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