Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu Saved from Drowning

Directed by Jean Renoir • 1932 • France

Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller, Edouard Lestingois (Charles Granval). The Lestingois family decides to take in the irrepressible bum, and he shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations. With Boudu Saved from Drowning, legendary director Jean Renoir takes advantage of a host of Parisian locations and the anarchic charms of his lead actor to create an effervescent satire of the bourgeoisie.

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Boudu Saved from Drowning
  • Boudu Saved from Drowning

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1932 • France

    Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller, Edouard Lestingois (Charles Granval). The Lestingois family decides...

Extras

  • Jean Renoir on BOUDU

  • Jean Renoir and Michel Simon on BOUDU

    On January 1, 1967, Janine Bazin and Andre S. Labarthe devoted an episode of their series “Cinéastes de notre temps” to bringing together Jean Renoir and Michel Simon to discuss the films they had made together in the 1930s. In this excerpt from the episode, “Portrait de Michel Simon par Jean Ren...

  • Jean-Pierre Gorin on BOUDU

    Filmmaker, writer, and educator Jean-Pierre Gorin began his career as Jean-Luc Godard’s collaborator on the Dziga Vertov Group films, including TOUT VA BIEN. In 2005, he spoke about Jean Renoir and BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING.

  • Eric Rohmer and Jean Douchet on BOUDU

    In this installment of the educational French television series “Aller au cinéma,” filmmaker Eric Rohmer directs “Post-face a Boudu sauve des eaux,” in which he and critic Jean Douchet discuss the film's social implications.