La Chienne Reviews

  • Jun 21, 2017

    Jean Renoir's classic holds up amazingly well after all these years.

    Jean Renoir's classic holds up amazingly well after all these years.

  • Mar 04, 2017

    Foul love-play triangle, with no positive outcome. Take advantage of love and it will be false, deceit of disaster. A somewhat morality play from early Renoir, yet effective and playful, and so fucking relevant still to this day.

    Foul love-play triangle, with no positive outcome. Take advantage of love and it will be false, deceit of disaster. A somewhat morality play from early Renoir, yet effective and playful, and so fucking relevant still to this day.

  • May 29, 2016

    don't see what all the fuss was about

    don't see what all the fuss was about

  • May 28, 2014

    As the film states in the beginning, it has no moral pretensions. A good psychological drama.

    As the film states in the beginning, it has no moral pretensions. A good psychological drama.

  • Mar 21, 2014

    The Punch and Judy beginning sets the stage for this subversive comedy whose name literally translates as "The Bitch."

    The Punch and Judy beginning sets the stage for this subversive comedy whose name literally translates as "The Bitch."

  • Apr 30, 2013

    The incredible ground breaking for its time Psychological Drama/Noir made in 1931. Jean Renoir created a masterful film about a prostitute & her pimp seducing & manipulating a frustrated unhappily married man. Ultimately quite a sad film really full of not the nicest people, but a very brave film for its time & wasn't released in the US till the mid 1970's...a real early sound French gem.

    The incredible ground breaking for its time Psychological Drama/Noir made in 1931. Jean Renoir created a masterful film about a prostitute & her pimp seducing & manipulating a frustrated unhappily married man. Ultimately quite a sad film really full of not the nicest people, but a very brave film for its time & wasn't released in the US till the mid 1970's...a real early sound French gem.

  • Apr 27, 2013

    Early Renoir -- his second sound film -- later remade as Scarlet Street by Fritz Lang. Michel Simon plays the sucker who dupes himself into believing that a young floozie really does love him and isn't taking him for a ride (based on a misperception that he has money). When you think that Simon also played Boudu and the incredible salty sailor in L'Atalante, his range seems pretty amazing -- he is the epitome of mild-mannered here. Renoir's film takes a few more plot turns than Lang's (as I recall), especially concerning the wife and her dead first husband (demonstrating Renoir's sense of humor over that of Lang, who may have had none). A deeper reading may be possible (focused on class differences) but this was enjoyable even on the surface and a harbinger of greater films to come from Renoir.

    Early Renoir -- his second sound film -- later remade as Scarlet Street by Fritz Lang. Michel Simon plays the sucker who dupes himself into believing that a young floozie really does love him and isn't taking him for a ride (based on a misperception that he has money). When you think that Simon also played Boudu and the incredible salty sailor in L'Atalante, his range seems pretty amazing -- he is the epitome of mild-mannered here. Renoir's film takes a few more plot turns than Lang's (as I recall), especially concerning the wife and her dead first husband (demonstrating Renoir's sense of humor over that of Lang, who may have had none). A deeper reading may be possible (focused on class differences) but this was enjoyable even on the surface and a harbinger of greater films to come from Renoir.

  • Apr 10, 2012

    The title means "The Bitch". A timid to a fault bank cashier with a shrill, tyrannical wife falls in love with a prostitute who in turn is conning him for her pimp, whom SHE is in love with. French actor Michel Simon is terrific as the cashier. Even though the film essentially focuses on three rather unlikeable characters, it still manages to keep them human and interesting and the story quite compelling: Sad, tragic, frustrating and even a darkly humorous. It's not my favorite Renoir but it's a solid film.

    The title means "The Bitch". A timid to a fault bank cashier with a shrill, tyrannical wife falls in love with a prostitute who in turn is conning him for her pimp, whom SHE is in love with. French actor Michel Simon is terrific as the cashier. Even though the film essentially focuses on three rather unlikeable characters, it still manages to keep them human and interesting and the story quite compelling: Sad, tragic, frustrating and even a darkly humorous. It's not my favorite Renoir but it's a solid film.

  • Oct 01, 2011

    Renoir... que polêmico! (proibido de passar nos EUA por quase 50 anos!) :-O

    Renoir... que polêmico! (proibido de passar nos EUA por quase 50 anos!) :-O

  • May 30, 2011

    Il film narra la storia di Maurice (Michel Simon), un borghese che tradisce la moglie con Lulu (Janie Marèse), una prostituta, deruba il suo datore di lavoro e infine uccide l'amante dopo essersi umiliato di fronte a lei. La sua famiglia è in realtà una prigione, la moglie esasperante lo umilia paragonandolo al precedente marito, eroe militare morto in guerra (e che in seguito si scoprirà aver preso il posto di un suo commilitone morto per sfuggire alle "gioie" della vita coniugale). Il trionfo del perfetto meccanismo di autodifesa borghese viene palesato con il processo. Il tribunale condanna a morte un innocente o meglio, "lo stato borghese assolve un esponente della classe sociale di cui è espressione ed elimina un trasgressore della morale e delle regole di questa classe" pur essendo egli innocente. Questo film appare come una palese critica a tutto quello che sostiene e motiva lo stile di vita borghese. [it.wikipedia.org]

    Il film narra la storia di Maurice (Michel Simon), un borghese che tradisce la moglie con Lulu (Janie Marèse), una prostituta, deruba il suo datore di lavoro e infine uccide l'amante dopo essersi umiliato di fronte a lei. La sua famiglia è in realtà una prigione, la moglie esasperante lo umilia paragonandolo al precedente marito, eroe militare morto in guerra (e che in seguito si scoprirà aver preso il posto di un suo commilitone morto per sfuggire alle "gioie" della vita coniugale). Il trionfo del perfetto meccanismo di autodifesa borghese viene palesato con il processo. Il tribunale condanna a morte un innocente o meglio, "lo stato borghese assolve un esponente della classe sociale di cui è espressione ed elimina un trasgressore della morale e delle regole di questa classe" pur essendo egli innocente. Questo film appare come una palese critica a tutto quello che sostiene e motiva lo stile di vita borghese. [it.wikipedia.org]