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Ciné: La Bête Humaine
The third Renoir-Gabin collaboration turns Zola’s naturalist novel into a prototypical film noir. Gabin plays Jacques Lantier, a train driver who witnesses a murder and falls for the dangerous, kittenish Séverine (Simone Simon). Gabin is pivotal to the film’s ability to weld together a realist story of workers’ solidarity (he was decorated by the railworkers’ union for his authentic portrayal) and a powerful, dark crime melodrama.
Jean Renoir (1938)
Cast: Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy, Gérard Landry.
French with English subtitles