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The Lower Depths (1936)

Les bas-fonds (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 10 September 1937 (USA)
A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Maxim Gorky (play), Yevgeni Zamyatin (as E. Zamiatine) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Pepel Wasska
Suzy Prim ... Vassilissa Kostyleva
Louis Jouvet ... Le baron
Jany Holt ... Nastia
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Kostylev
Robert Le Vigan ... L'acteur alcoolique
Camille Bert Camille Bert ... Le comte
René Génin René Génin ... Louka - le philosophe (as René Genin)
Paul Temps Paul Temps ... Satine - le télégraphiste
Robert Ozanne Robert Ozanne ... Jabot de Travers
Henri Saint-Isle Henri Saint-Isle ... Klestch - le cordonnier (as Saint-Iles)
Alex Allin Alex Allin ... Tatar
André Gabriello André Gabriello ... Toptoun - l'inspecteur des garnis
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Felix - le valet du baron
Nathalie Alexeeff Nathalie Alexeeff ... Anna - un pauvresse qui se meurt
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The winner of the Louis Delluc Prize as the most outstanding French photo-play of 1936, as selected by the Young Independent Critics of France (an organization and not a description.) The film treats the imprisoning hold of poverty; the disheartening odds of people rising from such social despair, and the ease in which those in the upper spheres of Society may descend. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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From the world-famous play by MAXIM GORKI See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lower Depths See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Albatros See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, which is included with The Lower Depths (1957), spine #239. See more »

Goofs

As Kostylev lies dead on the anvil, the shadow of the camera can be seen approaching on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Vassilissa Kostyleva: One day, everything will be ours. We'll go away together. To live the good life where no one knows us.
Wasska Pepel: Stop it.
Vassilissa Kostyleva: You don't love me anymore. Why not?
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Crazy Credits

The last scene zooms out and fades away to the end title: 'FIN'. See more »

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Title unknown
Lyrics by Charles Spaak
Sung by Irène Joachim
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Beautiful black and white, French version of Russian play
18 September 2006 | by dezireeSee all my reviews

Watch this movie if only to see the soul of Jean Gabin as it plays across his face. Louis Jouvet as the Baron is a marvel of understatement, of course. Beautifully filmed, the world of black and white film is a pleasure, in this movie, to watch. The scenes and the plot remind us of life not so long ago, a life that was harsh and brutal and filled with class divisions, you were wealthy or you were wretched. It made me want to read the original play by Maxim Gorky. Apparently Yvgeny Zamyatin, a long forgotten but brilliant Russian writer, contributed to the screenplay as well. Jean Gabin is a great actor, few people recognize his marvelous talents.


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