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La bête humaine

Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's _La bête humaine_, a suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman, was one of the director's greatest popular successes—and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen.

Jean Renoir France, 1938
DVD

Boudu Saved from Drowning

In Jean Renoir's satire of the bourgeoisie, Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller, whose family decides to take in the irrepressible bum.

Jean Renoir France, 1932
DCP, DVD

La chienne

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 sense of humanity.

Jean Renoir France, 1931
DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

A Day in the Country

This bittersweet film from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family’s picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men.

Jean Renoir France, 1936
Blu-ray, DVD

Elena and Her Men

Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic comedy stars Ingrid Bergman in her most sensual role as a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love.

Jean Renoir France, 1956
35 mm, 16 mm, DVD

French Cancan

French Cancan, Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, is a Technicolor tour de force starring Jean Gabin as a wily impresario juggling the love of two beautiful women in nineteenth-century Paris.

Jean Renoir France, 1955
16 mm, DVD

The Golden Coach

Set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Jean Renoir’s ravishing, sumptuous tribute to the theater involves a viceroy who receives an exquisite golden coach and gives it to the tempestuous star of a touring commedia dell’arte company (the vivacious Anna Magnani).

Jean Renoir France, 1953
35 mm, 16 mm, DVD

The Lower Depths

Jean Renoir’s adaptation of Gorky’s classic proletariat play takes license with the dark nature of its source material, softening the play’s bleak outlook in a reaction to the rise of Hitler and the Popular Front in 1930s France.

Jean Renoir France, 1936
Blu-ray, DVD

The River

Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the Bengal river around which their daily lives unfold.

Jean Renoir France, 1951
35 mm, Blu-ray, DVD

The Rules of the Game

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners.

Jean Renoir France, 1939
35 mm, 16 mm, Blu-ray, DVD