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La bête humaine ()


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In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

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Jacques Lantier
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Séverine Roubaud
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Roubaud (as Ledoux sociétaire de la Comédie-Française)
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Gérard Landry ...
Le fils Dauvergne (as Gerard Landry)
Jenny Hélia ...
Philomène Sauvagnat (as Jenny Helia)
Colette Régis ...
Victoire Pecqueux (as Colette Regis)
Claire Gérard ...
Une voyageuse (as Claire Gerard)
Charlotte Clasis ...
Tante Phasie, la marraine de Lantier (as Germaine Clasis)
Jacques Berlioz ...
Grandmorin (as Berlioz)
Tony Corteggiani ...
Dabadie, le chef de section (as Cortegianni)
André Tavernier ...
Le juge d'instruction Denizet
Marcel Pérès ...
Un lampiste (as Perez)
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Cabuche
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Pecqueux (as Carette)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Roussel ...
Commissaire Cauche (as Roussel)
Jacques Beauvais ...
(uncredited)
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Un lampiste (uncredited)
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Un garçon de ferme (uncredited)
Marguerite de Morlaye ...
(uncredited)
Guy Decomble ...
Le garde-barrière (uncredited)
Émile Genevois ...
Un garçon de ferme (uncredited)
Léon Larive ...
Le valet de chambre (uncredited)
Maurice Marceau ...
Un mécanicien (uncredited)
Georges Péclet ...
Un cheminot (uncredited)
Georges Spanelly ...
Camy-Lamotte, le secrétaire de Grandmorin (uncredited)
Marcel Veyran ...
Le chanteur (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean Renoir

Written by

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Émile Zola ... (novel)
 
Jean Renoir ... (adaptation and dialogue) (uncredited)
 
Jean Renoir ... (screenplay)
 
Denise Leblond ... (dialogue) (uncredited)

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Raymond Hakim ... producer
Robert Hakim ... producer

Music by

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Joseph Kosma ... (as J. Kosma)

Cinematography by

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Curt Courant

Film Editing by

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Suzanne de Troeye
Marguerite Renoir ... (as Marg. Houlet Renoir)

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Eugène Lourié ... (as Lourié)

Costume Design by

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Laure Lourié ... (uncredited)

Production Management

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Frédéric Liotier ... production supervisor
Grégoire Metchikian ... unit manager (as Metchikian)
Roland Tual ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Suzanne de Troeye ... assistant director
Claude Renoir Sr. ... assistant director (as Claude Renoir ainé)

Sound Department

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Robert Teisseire ... sound engineer (as Teissere)

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Guy Ferrier ... assistant camera
Sam Levin ... still photographer
Jacques Natteau ... assistant camera (as Natteau)
Maurice Pecqueux ... assistant camera (as Pecqueux)
Alain Renoir ... assistant camera
Claude Renoir ... camera operator (as Claude Renoir Jr.)

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Suzanne de Troeye ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

Jacques Lantier is a train engineer who is prone to violent seizures, a condition he attributes to his forefathers' habit of excessive drinking. Roubaud is a train conductor on the same railroad that Lantier works on, married to the much younger Séverine. When Roubaud catches wind of his wife's affair with her godfather, the wealthy M. Grandmorin, he kills him during a train journey in a fit of jealousy. He makes sure that Séverine is also present, making her an accomplice to murder. Lantier, despite having witnessed them quite clearly in the train corridor, hides the fact during the investigation as he is attracted to Séverine. They both begin an affair, all the while Roubaud becomes increasingly withdrawn and starts to gamble. Séverine urges Lantier to kill her husband so that they would be free but she is unaware of Lantier's unfortunate condition. Written by Soumitra

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Taglines From the novel "La Bete Humaine" a drama of consuming passions, directed by Jean Renoir See more »
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Also Known As
  • La Bête Humaine (World-wide, English title)
  • The Human Beast (World-wide, English title)
  • La Bête Humaine (United Kingdom)
  • Judas Was a Woman (United Kingdom)
  • The Human Beast (United Kingdom)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia Jean Gabin learned how to conduct locomotive before shooting. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Le coeur de Ninon See more »
Quotes Jacques Lantier: Pecqueux, I have to tell you something. Don't say a word and don't move. I killed her. That's right, I killed her. It's all over. I'll never see her again. It'll be the death of me, I know it. I couldn't bear to hold her anymore. I loved her, you know? I loved her little hands most of all. But there's one thing I don't get: why haven't they arrested me?
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