Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu Saved from Drowning

Michel Simon
Director: Jean Renoir Cast: Michel Simon
Michel Simon
, Charles Granval
Charles Granval
, Marcelle Hainia
Marcelle Hainia
Jean Renoir

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Boudu (played by Michel Simon, who also produced the film) is a shaggy, foul-smelling tramp who is rescued from drowning by bourgeois Frenchman Charles Granval. Deciding to "reform" Boudu, Granval invites the hobo into his home. Boudu returns the favor by turning the household upside down and by conducting an affair with Granval's wife Marcella Hainia. All ends happily--for Boudu at least--when the tramp wins the national lottery and marries maid Severine Lerczynska, who is so delighted that she ends her own affair with the hypocritical Granval. Boudu decides to forego his new-found wealth for his previous carefree existence, leaving the greedy Lerczynska in the lurch. Filmed in 1932, Boudu Saved From Drowning was not released in the US until 1967, at which time it was universally praised by the wine-and-cheese critics. A less subtle but not less hilarious American remake, 1986's Down and Out in Beverly Hills, starred Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler (this film spawned a brief, heavily laundered 1987 TV sitcom).

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
UPC: 0037429207925
Original Release: 1932
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 39,530

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Archival introduction by Jean Renoir; New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin; Excerpt from a 1967 Cinéastes de notre temps program, featuring Renoir and Michel Simon; French television conversation between director Eric Rohmer and critic Jean Douchet; Interactive map of 1930s Paris, highlighting the film's locations; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a new essay by Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Simon Boudu
Charles Granval Monsieur Lastingois
Marcelle Hainia Madame Lastingois
Jean Gehret Vigour
Severine Lerczynska Anne-Marie
Max Dalban Godin
Jean Dasté Student
Jacques Becker Poet on Bench
George Damoux Marriage Guest
Georges Darnoux Wedding Guest
Jane Pierson Rose, neighbor's maid

Technical Credits
Jean Renoir Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Paul Alphen Cinematographer
Jacques Becker Asst. Director
Jean Castanier Set Decoration/Design
Leo Daniderff Score Composer
Georges Darnoux Asst. Director
Suzanne de Troeye Editor
Jean Gehret Producer
Laurent Set Decoration/Design
Marcel Lucien Cinematographer
Raphael Score Composer
Marguerite Renoir Editor
Michel Simon Producer
Albert Valentin Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Nymph and Her Lovers [5:01]
2. Boudu [7:11]
3. A Perfect Tramp [5:00]
4. Saved From the Water [3:58]
5. Ungrateful [4:39]
6. A Demanding Guest [5:55]
7. Master of the House [2:36]
8. A Sleepless Night [4:02]
9. Lending a Hand [4:11]
10. Reprimanding Boudu [2:43]
11. Vying for a Kiss [5:40]
12. Second Thoughts [8:07]
13. Boudu Has His Way [5:05]
14. Decorated [2:10]
15. Rejection [4:05]
16. Secrets Revealed [3:20]
17. Return to the Water [4:23]
18. Boudu's Destiny [6:48]
19. Color Bars [:01]

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