Boudu Saved from Drowning

Directed by Jean Renoir
Starring Michel Simon
Featured Charles Grandval

Criterion Collection | April 1, 2014 | DVD

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Boudu, a vagabond who's grieving over the loss of his dog, attempts suicide by throwing himself into the Seine. But Monsieur Lestingois, a bookseller, rescues him and takes him into his home to try to reform him. Soon after, the household is turned upside down by the antics of this free spirit. Then the uncouth, but inexplicably attractive Boudu seduces his benefactor's wife and the maid -- who's also Lestingois's mistress. And suddenly, the bourgeois man has more than one reason to envy the man he saved from drowning.

Video Release: April 1, 2014

Runtime: 84

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Criterion Collection

UPC: 037429207925

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Boudu Saved from Drowning

Directed by Jean Renoir
Starring Michel Simon
Featured Charles Grandval

Video Release: April 1, 2014

Runtime: 84

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Criterion Collection

UPC: 037429207925


Edition Description
  • B&W
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in French
  • Released in French

Synopsis

Boudu, a vagabond who's grieving over the loss of his dog, attempts suicide by throwing himself into the Seine. But Monsieur Lestingois, a bookseller, rescues him and takes him into his home to try to reform him. Soon after, the household is turned upside down by the antics of this free spirit. Then the uncouth, but inexplicably attractive Boudu seduces his benefactor's wife and the maid -- who's also Lestingois's mistress. And suddenly, the bourgeois man has more than one reason to envy the man he saved from drowning.

Description

Boudu, saved from suicide by drowning, is invited into the home of his savior, but wreaks havoc in the household, replacing his benefactor by seducing his wife and mistress. After winning the lottery and acquiring a wife, he receives bourgeois respectability, but not for long.

Notes

This film was remade in 1986 as "Down and Out in Beverly Hills." Additional cast: Severine Lerczynska (Anne-Marie), Max Dalban (Godin). Additional credits: Raphael (score composer). A Haik/CCF production.
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