<i>Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths).</i> 1936.  France.  Produced by Alexandre Kamenka.
  • The Devil’s Ball

    1934. France. Ladislas Starevich. 11 min.

  • The Lower Depths

    1936. France. Jean Renoir. 93 min.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Devil’s Ball

    1934. France. Directed by Ladislas Starevich. Starevich continued to perfect his art after his stint at Albatros, finally completing a full-length feature (Le Roman de renard) in 1941. Sound film. 11 min.

  • The Lower Depths

    1936. France. Directed by Jean Renoir. Produced by Alexandre Kamenka. With Louis Jouvet, Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Vladimir Sokolov. Kamenka prevailed on his friend Renoir during the director’s Popular Front period to adapt Maxim Gorky’s play. Renoir, on the brink of greatness (Grand Illusion, La Marseillaise, The Human Beast, The Rules of the Game) was able to use several major stars. The director said, in commenting on this first of several collaborations with Gabin, “I have never met such a cinematic power.” Regrettably, Renoir never worked with Mosjoukine, whose career barely survived the coming of sound, and who died in obscurity and poverty in 1939. Sound film. In French; English subtitles. 93 min.

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