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LA BÊTE HUMAINE

  • 1:20

$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

Part of the seriesTHE FRENCH OLD WAVE

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(1938, Jean Renoir) In updated version of the Zola classic, Simone Simon seeks help from trainman Jean Gabin in bumping off conniving stationmaster husband Fernand Ledoux — but her help’s a barely suppressed homicidal maniac himself. Approx 100 min. 35mm

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“Stunning images of trains and railway lines as a metaphor for the blind, immutable forces that drive human passions to destruction.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)

"What is most deft is the way Renoir works the depot and the man's job into every scene - conversations on platforms, in washrooms and canteens, views from the station master’s window over the steaming metal waste: the short, sharp lust worked in a wooden platelayer’s shed among shunted trucks under the steaming rain."
– Graham Greene