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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


    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.

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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

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    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.

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    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

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    Camera Operator :

    Jacques Mercanton

    Production Designer :

    Eugène Lourie

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    Feature film

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Black & White

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