Boudu Saved from Drowning (Optional English Subtitles)

Starring: Michel Simon Director: Jean Renoir
Boudu Saved from Drowning (Optional English
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • 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:
    1. Jean-Pierre Gorin - Filmmaker
    2. Archival Interview With Eric Rohmer
Interactive Features:
  • Interactive Map Of 1930's Paris Featuring Locations From The Film
Text/Photo Galleries:
  • Essay By Renoir Scholar Christopher Faulkner.

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Featured: , &
Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:

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."

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Betrayal | Rags To Riches | Switching Roles | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • 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).

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  • Sales Rank: 121,194
  • UPC: 037429207925
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