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360 Ratings

The Lower Depths

Les bas-fonds

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1936


Jean Renoir’s adaptation of Gorky’s classic proletariat play takes license with the dark nature of its source material, softening the play’s bleak outlook in a reaction to the rise of Hitler and the Popular Front in 1930s France.

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The Lower Depths Directed by Jean Renoir

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1937 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Prix Louis Delluc

1936 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc

Critics reviews

While restricted somewhat by its stagebound material The Lower Depths still contains remarkable scenes of downward mobility, highlighted by Louis Jouvet’s smirkingly disgraced Baron, who finds a home dozing in the grass.
May 30, 2017
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