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La Bete Humaine

La Bete Humaine
  • 1938
  • France
  • 99 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jean Renoir
  • Cast: Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Julien Carette, Fernand Ledoux.

A classic example of pre-war French poetic realism, Renoir's updating of Zola's novel captures all of its naturalistic spirit. Jacques Lantier (Gabin) is a train driver who falls in love with the beautiful wife of his stationmaster, who has already killed her former lover. A wonderful melodrama, shot against the smoke and steam of the Paris-Le Havre railway.

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