Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld) Reviews
When I do connect with them, however, I connect pretty strongly. I love "Grand Illusion", for example, and I absolutely adored this film. This feels like a classic Hollywood film in the best way possible. If Jean Gabin had been American or British, he would have been a huge star. His interplay with Louis Jouvet in this film reminds me of classic pairings like Bogart with Walter Brennan in "To Have and Have Not". I could watch the two of them banter for hours.
Starring Jean Gabin
It is hard to lean towards a movie whose characters shout to their reference: ?I?m a thief with a good heart!,? ?I?m the leading lady that needs to be whisked away from this place!? Does Jean Gabin have to always repeat oh so frequently that he?s a thief by profession when he doesn?t even look the part? Jean Renoir?s ?Le Bas Fonds? based on a play by Maxim Gorky is saved momentarily by its supporting cast like Louis Jouvet (haunting as the Baron), Vladimir Sokoloff and Robert Le Vigan. Maybe the Japanese version by Kurosawa is better?
Best Scene: The Baron arrives at the lower depths.