La Bête Humaine: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1938) / Region 1
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The Criterion Collection, A Continuing Series of Important Classic and Contemporary Films

Based on the classic Émile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine was one of the legendary director's greatest popular successes, tapping into the fatalism of a nation in despair. Jean Gabin's emblematic portrayal of doomed train engineer Jacques Lantier granted him a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen. Part poetic realism, part film noir, the film is a hard-boiled and suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 08 2005
  • Production Year 1938
  • Empire SKU 767956
  • UPC Code 037429173824
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

· Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
· New interview with director Peter Bogdanovich
· Archival interviews with Renoir discussing his adaptation of Emile Zola’s novels, his process with actors, and directing actress Simone Simon
· Gallery of on-set photographs and theatrical posters
· Theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring writings by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien, historian Ginette Vincendeau, and production designer Eugène Lourié

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

Cast

Production

  • Robert Hakim
  • Raymond Hakim

Director


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