La chienne

La chienne

Directed by Jean Renoir • 1931 • France

Jean Renoir's ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker's visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir's elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting narrative, a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions, to an unforgettably ironic conclusion.

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La chienne
  • La chienne

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1931 • France

    Jean Renoir's ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker's visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic f...

Extras

  • Jean Renoir on LA CHIENNE

    This introduction to LA CHIENNE by director Jean Renoir originally aired on French television on January 1, 1961.

  • Christopher Faulkner on LA CHIENNE

    In this new interview, Jean Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner discusses the filmmaker’s transition from silent films to talkies, his stylistic evolution, and the importance of LA CHIENNE within his career. It was recorded in Ottawa in February 2016.

  • Guillermo del Toro on LA CHIENNE

  • Jean Renoir le patron

    Directed by Jacques Rivette, JEAN RENOIR LE PATRON aired in 1967 as a three-part documentary series profiling Renoir for French television. The following 95-minute episode is the second in the series, and features an after-dinner conversation between Renoir and actor Michel Simon about their work...

  • On purge bébé

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1931 • France
    Starring Michel Simon

    Based on a comic one-act play by Georges Feydeau, the hour-long ON PURGE BÉBÉ is Jean Renoir’s first sound film. It was made in 1931, the same year as LA CHIENNE.