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Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

France 81m, B&W
Director: Jean Renoir; Cast: Michel Simon, Charles Granval, Marcelle Hainia, Severine Lerczinska

Tired of his miserable and lonely life as a tramp, Monsieur Boudu is given a second chance after his failed attempted suicide in the river Seine. Upon his rescue by Edouard Lestingois – a paternalistic Parisian bookseller, Boudu’s fortunes look brighter when he realizes that his rescuer also wants to be his benefactor. Unfortunately for Boudu, his good fortunes come with a price – he is expected to reform his “savage” ways. Despite the turn of events, which include a winning lottery ticket, Boudu realizes that he must escape the confines of middle class life to be truly happy. Renoir’s fluid camera movements and use of Johann Strauss in the film’s score mirror the flowing river in which Boudu initially emerges and eventually returns. Beautifully filmed, realistically shot, and skilfully crafted, Boudu Saved from Drowning is a cinematic delight in every respect (Klaus Ming February 2011).


3 comments on “Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

  1. Dave Becker

    I have yet to see this film, but I also have yet to see a Jean Renoir movie that I didn’t like. BOUDU also supposedly inspired another movie I really like, DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS.

  2. Klaus

    Same here – i think this is the 3rd or fourth Renoir film i’ve reviewed, and I’ve liked them all. I hadn’t realized that Down and Out was inspired by this film – i’d say pretty loosely adapted at best 🙂

  3. Dave Becker

    While I haven’t seen BOUDU, I’d have to say yes, probably VERY loosely based!

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