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Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu Saved from Drowning

A Feature film by Jean Renoir

Produced by Les Etablissements Jacques Haïk, Sirius

Release in France : 11/11/1932

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Bourgeois Parisian, Latin Quarter bookseller, Edouard Lestingois, (Charles Granval), rescues a tramp, Boudu, from a suicidal plunge into the river Seine, from the Pont des Arts. Boudu is brought into Lestingois' household. The family adopts the man and dedicates itself to reforming him into a proper middle class person. Boudu (Michel Simon) shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations, challenging the hidebound manners of his hosts and seduces not only the housemaid but also Madame Lestingois herself. Gradually Boudu is tamed, shaved and given a haircut, and put in a suit. Then he wins a large sum of money on the lottery, and is guided into marrying the housemaid. Finally however, at the wedding scene, Boudu capsizes a rowing boat and floats away from the wedding party, and "back to his old vagrancy, a free spirit once more."

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Boudu Saved from Drowning (French: Boudu sauvé des eaux, "Boudu saved from the waters") is a 1932 French film directed by Jean Renoir. Renoir wrote the film's screenplay, from the play by René Fauchois. The film stars Michel Simon as Boudu.

Pauline Kael called it, 'not only a lovely fable about a bourgeois attempt to reform an early hippy...but a photographic record of an earlier France.'

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Full credits (11)

Assistant directors :

Jacques Becker, Georges Darnoux

Associate Producer :

Michel Simon

Director of Photography :

Georges Asselin

Production managers :

Jean Gehret, Marc Le Pelletier

Continuity supervisor :

Suzanne De Troeye

Still Photographer :

Marcel Lucien

Author of original work :

René Fauchois

Screenwriters :

Jean Renoir, Claude Heymann, Albert Valentin

Sound Recordist :

Igor B. Kalinowski

Editors :

Marguerite Houllé-Renoir, Suzanne De Troeye

Director of Photography :

Marcel Lucien

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1 h 29 min

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