La Chienne

Directed by Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir’s ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker’s visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir’s elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting narrative—a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions—to an unforgettably ironic conclusion.

La Chienne, France, 1931

Directed by Jean Renoir
Based on the novel by Georges de La Fouchardière
Scenario and adaptation by Jean Renoir and André Mouézy-Éon

With: Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant, Magdeleine Bérubet and Roger Gaillard

> Released June 14 by the Criterion Collection. More information here

Monday, June 6, 2016
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