Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld)1936
Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld) (1936)
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as Wasska Pepel
as The Baron
as Le Comte
as Le Vieillard
as Felix le domestique
as Le Commissaire
as Patron de la guinguette
Critic Reviews for Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld)
Gabin and Jouvet are their usual glorious selves, though the tendency towards pessimism makes this one of Renoir's less rewarding films.
It carries some interest in its curious blend of tones and styles -- it oscillates between vaudeville turns and stark tragedy.
Renoir sought out balance and humanistic sympathy, reshaping the narrative so the thief (Jean Gabin) and the Baron (Louis Jouvet) bond over their mutual rebellion against the social system.
Gabin did not attain the international status of American counterparts or later countryman Belmondo, though his Pepel here is a thing of beauty.
The text is Gorky's, the names and the whiskers are Russian, yet the world here is wholly French, or, rather, wholly Jean Renoir's
Audience Reviews for Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld)
it may well be a bastardization of gorky's play but i found it completely charming. louis jouvet is wonderful as the dissolute baron and jean gabin is my hero as ever. i still need to see kurosawa's version which is said to be grittier but i can't help but forgive renoir for loving his characters too much to see them suffer in the end
Looks good, but is missing a punch.
i watched this film after i saw kurosawas japanese version, and this one was just as good. this is a french film about people who live in poverty. the characters are interesting and the story was told well. you really admire some of these people, and others come across as almost happy and peaceful despite thier circumstances. really good film.
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