La Bete Humaine (1938)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1938.  Paris Film.  Screenplay by Jean Renoir, dialogue by Denise Leblond, based on the novel by Emile Zola.  Cinematography by Curt Courant.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Film Editing by Suzanne de Troeye, Marguerite Renoir.  Jean Renoir … More La Bete Humaine (1938)

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Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) (1937)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France, 1937.  Réalisation d’art cinématographique.  Screenplay by Charles Spaak, Jean Renoir.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Rene Decrais.  Film Editing by Marthe Huguet, Marguerite Renoir.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1938.   One of the most awe-inspiring war movies ever made … More Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) (1937)

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The Lower Depths (Underworld) (Les Bas-Fonds) (1936)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1936.  Films Albatros.  Screenplay by Yevgeni Zamyatin, Jacques Companeez, Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak, Dialogue by Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak, based on the play Na dnie by Maxim Gorky.  Cinematography by Fedote Bourgasoff.  Produced by Alexandre Kamenka.  Music by Jean Wiener.  Production Design by Hugues Laurent, Eugène Lourié.  Film Editing by Marguerite Renoir.  … More The Lower Depths (Underworld) (Les Bas-Fonds) (1936)

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The Rules Of The Game (La Regle Du Jeu) (1939)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France, 1939.  Nouvelles Editions de Films.  Scenario and dialogue by Jean Renoir, collaboration with Carl Koch.  Cinematography by Jean-Paul Alphen, Jean Bachelet, Jacques Lemare, Alain Renoir.  Produced by Jean Renoir.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Max Douy, Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Coco Chanel.  Film Editing by Marthe Huguet, Marguerite Renoir.  You can … More The Rules Of The Game (La Regle Du Jeu) (1939)

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Le Trou

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A new prisoner in a French penitentiary is put in a room with four other men who are already feeling crowded. After befriending them, the newcomer (Marc Michel) discovers that the rest of them are planning an elaborate breakout of the prison, one which involves extensive digging from their cell all … More Le Trou

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Grisbi (Touchez Pas Au Grisbi) (Don’t Touch The Loot)

BBBB (out of 5) Jean Gabin gives a wise and worldly performance in this excellent gangster film by Jacques Becker (Le Trou). He plays an aging mobster who has recently made off with a huge payload of gold bullion and is planning to retire on it. Unfortunately, his partner decides to blab about their take and … More Grisbi (Touchez Pas Au Grisbi) (Don’t Touch The Loot)

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