La Chienne: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1931) / Region A
La Chienne: The Criterion Collection

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La Chienne: The Criterion Collection

Jean Renoir's ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker's visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir's elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting narrative - a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions - to an unforgettably ironic conclusion.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 13 2016
  • Production Year 1931
  • Empire SKU 1791362
  • UPC Code 715515178914
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


- Introduction to the film from 1961 by Director Jean Renoir
- New interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner
- New restoration of On purge bebe (1931), Renoir's first sound film, also starring Michael Simon.
- Jean Renoir le patron: "Michael Simon," a ninety-fice-minute 1967 French television program featuring a conversation between Renoir and Simon, directed by Jacques Rivette
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau.


  • Audio
    French DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.19:1 B&W

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