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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:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,805
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #305. 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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Certainly well made Renoir film, but ultimately rather dull
10 September 2009 | by Flak_MagnetSee all my reviews

This is a difficult film to review succinctly. I didn't really enjoy it, but the film is well-made, well acted, and the underlying message is still poignant. At the time, "Boudu Saved from Drowning" was quite controversial, with Michel Simon's portrayal of the antisocial, uncompromised tramp (Boudu) inciting audiences to actual riot. (In fact, the film was apparently pulled from theaters by French police several days into its screening). Essentially, "Boudu Saved from Drowning" is an attack on liberalism, as well as a sort of black satire about societal class differences. Through their interaction with Boudu, a stereotypical Burgeouise family showcase the consequences of liberal idealism, as their efforts to help and reform Boudu all backfire unpredictably. Boudu is an irredeemable, unchangeable, and uncompromised outsider and he is happy as such. In the words of Jean Renoir, "...Micheal Simon was more than a tramp. He was the personification of all tramps." In other words, the lower class. Michel Simon does a great job with the part and the Boudu character is memorable. However, the rest of the characters are unlikeable (e.g. a perverse, overweight philanderer; his unabashed housekeeper mistress, a caustic wife, etc.) and the film's narrative is just, well, stuffy. I'd probably appreciate a film like this much more at 60 than I do at 30. For a film from 1931, "Boudu" does seem pretty fresh and the print looks terrific. Nonetheless, I didn't find "Boudu" very engaging. I can't recommend this one. ---|--- Reviews by Flak Magnet


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