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103 Ratings


Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1926
Drama, Romance, Silent


The vivacious and beautiful Nana seeks fame on the stages of Paris but when she fails as an actress, Nana becomes a courtesan, using her allure and charisma more directly to entice and pleasure men. Slowly her pain and pathos makes its poisonous way into the lives of all in her orbit.

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Nana Directed by Jean Renoir

Critics reviews

Renoir admiringly compared Hessling to a “marionette.” It works for the character – a woman not in charge of her own life – but for audiences used to more naturalistic acting, it faced ridicule. But Nana is no joke, but a bold experiment in which Renoir toys with performance and camera movement to convey the unsaid.
May 02, 2017
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The seeds of Madame Bovary and Diary of a Chambermaid and Elena et les Hommes are detected, so are early glimpses of Citizen Kane, Le Plaisir and Viridiana. Anchoring it all is Hessling’s monstrous and affecting “gilded fly,” a lipsticked slash atop a slanted torso, a comet kicking a defiant can-can before burning itself out.
April 13, 2015
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