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The Lower Depths

The Lower Depths

A Feature film by Jean Renoir

Produced by Les Films Albatros

Release in France : 11/12/1936

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Actors (20)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Les Films Albatros

French distribution :

Les Distributeurs Français

Film exports/foreign sales :

Roissy Films

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country

Synopsis

Louis Jouvet plays The Baron, forced by circumstance to give up his life of luxury and to set up residence in the slums of Paris. As Jouvet observes the passing parade, he bears witness to the frustrated romance between Jean Gabin and Junie Astor, the thwarted dreams of actor Robert Le Vigan, and the oppressive cruelties of landlord Vladimir Sokoloff.

Source : allmovie.com

Subject

Voted 1936's best picture by a circle of prestigious French critics, Jean Renoir's The Lower Depths (Les Bas-Fonds) is based on the "gutter" play by Russian author Maxim Gorky.

The Lower Depths surprised Renoir's admirers, who weren't used to seeing the director involve himself in so sordid and depressing a tale. Actually, the project was brought to Renoir by a producer friend of his, who secured the director's services by promising to provide Louis Jouvet and Jean Gabin as the leading actors. Renoir's The Lower Depths would make a fascinating companion piece to Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's 1957 adaptation of the same Gorky play.

Source : allmovie.com

Full credits (11)

Assistant Director :

Jacques Becker

Dialogue Writer :

Charles Spaak

Producer :

Alexandre Kamenka

Sound Recordist :

Robert Yvonnet

Editor :

Marguerite Houllé-Renoir

Music Composer :

Jean Wiener

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Evgueni Zamiatine, Jacques Companeez, Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak

Author of original work :

Maxime Gorki

Director of Photography :

Bourgas

Camera Operator :

Jacques Mercanton

Production Designer :

Eugène Lourie

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction

Sub-genre :

Drama

Production language :

French

Original French-language productions :

Unknown

Production year :

1936

French release :

11/12/1936

Runtime :

1 h 30 min

Current status :

Released

Visa number :

365

Visa issue date :

10/11/1936

Approval :

Yes

Production formats :

35mm

Color type :

Black & White

Aspect ratio :

1.37

Audio format :

Mono