- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 23, 2005
- Originally Released: 1932
- Label: Criterion
Notes: This is a new, restored High-Definition Digital Transfer.
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
Additional Release Material:
- Featurette - 1. Excerpts For A CINEASTRE DE NOTRE TEMPS Program featuring Michel Simon And Jean Renoir
- Video Interview:
- Jean-Pierre Gorin - Filmmaker
- Archival Interview With Eric Rohmer
- Interactive Map Of 1930's Paris Featuring Locations From The Film
- Essay By Renoir Scholar Christopher Faulkner.
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 08/23/2005
"BOUDU seems an inexhaustible film, a nexus of political, philosophical and spiritual themes that reveals new meanings and fresh pleasures with each viewing."
Premiere - 10/01/2005
"Director Jean Renoir's comedy of bad manners is a truly essential classic..."
Total Film - 12/14/2010
5 stars out of 5 -- "This deliciously subversive 1932 social comedy kicked off Jean Renoir's greatest period."
Empire - 12/17/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's still fresh, partly due to Renoir's gentle subversion and generosity of spirit, partly due to Simon's bear-like presence."
Jean Renoir's anarchic comedy BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING stars Michel Simon as Boudu, a self-serving bum. When Boudu jumps into the Seine to end it all, he's saved from drowning by Edouard Lestingois, a bourgeois book dealer. Lestingois takes the shaggy tramp into his house hoping to help him, and Boudu returns the favor by turning his well-ordered home upside down and conducting affairs with his wife and his maid. He even manages to win the lottery, but to no avail.
Rags To Riches |
Switching Roles |
- The film was released in November of 1932.
- The film was shot in Joinville, France.
- As Boudu starts to drown, the crowd begins to smile and wave at him, fully aware that they're watching a film shoot.
- This film was remade in 1986 as DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS.
- Additional cast: Severine Lerczynska (Anne-Marie), Max Dalban (Godin).
- Additional credits: Raphael (score composer).