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Nana

Nana

A Feature film by Jean Renoir

Produced by Les Films Jean Renoir

Release in France : 25/06/1926

    Synopsis

    A government official, Count Muffat, falls under the spell of Nana, a young actress. She becomes his mistress, living in the sumptuous apartment which he provides for her. Instead of elevating herself to Muffat's level, however, Nana drags the poor man down to hers - in the end, both lives have been utterly destroyed.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Jean Renoir

    Subject

    Jean Renoir's second film was this lavishly appointed adaptation of Emile Zola's novel Nana. Renoir does an admirable job retelling Zola's woeful tale of a covetous Parisian slum girl in purely visual terms. Hoping to escape her tawdry surroundings, Nana has an affair with high-ranking government official George Muffat. Instead of elevating herself to Muffat's level, however, Nana drags the poor man down to hers -- and in the end, both lives have been utterly destroyed. Catherine Hessling gives a stylized but effective performance in the title role. Taken to task for the over-elaborate set designs (by Claude Autant-Lara), which resulted in France's most expensive film to date, Jean Renoir merely explained that he was endeavoring to contrast the splendiferous lifestyle of Muffat and his friends to the shabby origins of the heroine. On an artistic level he succeeded, but Nana ended up costing way too much to ever post a profit, and it would be several years before Renoir would be entrusted with a big-budgeted film again.

    Source : allmovie.com

    Full credits (7)

    Assistant Director :

    André Cerf

    Author of original work :

    Émile Zola

    Director of Photography :

    Jean Bachelet

    Artistic Director :

    Claude Autant-Lara

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Pierre Lestringuez

    Producer :

    Jean Renoir

    Music Composer :

    Maurice Jaubert

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1926

    French release :

    25/06/1926

    Runtime :

    2 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Approval :

    Unknown