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Overview

Based on a novel by Emile Zola, La Bete Humaine weaves a mesmerizing tale of a tragic triangle. Train engineer Jean Gabin lusts after Simone Simon, the wife of his co-worker Fernand Ledoux. When Ledoux is in danger of losing his job, Simon offers herself to her husband's boss. In jealous pique, Ledoux kills the man. Gabin is witness to this, so Simon promises to reward him sexually if he'll keep quiet. As this romance intensifies, Simon tries to finagle Gabin into killing Ledoux. Sick of the whole sordid affair, Gabin murders Simon and then kills himself. When Fritz Lang remade La Bete Humaine as Human Desire in 1953, he carefully copied several of the best visual selections made by Jean Renoir in the original film; what he was not permitted to copy was the story itself, which had to be heavily laundered to accommodate Hollywood's censorship limitations.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
UPC: 0037429173824
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 7,564

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the original, uncensored version; Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir; New interview with director Peter Bogdanovich; Archival footage of Renoir directing actress Simone Simon, and interviews with Renoir, Émile Zola scholar Henri Mitterand, and others on adapting Zola to the screen; Gallery of on-set photographs and theatrical posters; Theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; A booklet featuring critic Geoffrey O'Brien, film historian Ginette Vincendeau, and production designer Eugène Lourié

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Gabin Jacques Lantier
Simone Simon Severine
Julien Carette Pecqueux
Fernand Ledoux Robaud, Severine's Husband
Jean Renoir Cabuche, the Poacher
Blanchette Brunoy Flore
Gerard Landry Dauvergne's Son
Jenny Hélia Philomene
Colette Regis Victoire
Charlotte Clasis Aunt Phasie
Claire Gérard Traveler
Jacques Berlioz Grand-Morin
Tony Corteggiani Section's Chief
Marcel Pérès Lampmaker
Guy Decomble Garde-barriere
Emile Genevois Farm Worker
Leon Larive Grand-Morin's servant
Georges Péclet Railway Worker
Georges Spanelly Grand-Morin's Secretary
Jacques Brunius Farm Worker

Technical Credits
Jean Renoir Director,Screenwriter
Curt Courant Cinematographer
Suzanne de Troeye Editor
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Joseph Kosma Score Composer
Eugène Lourié Set Decoration/Design
Marguerite Renoir Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- La Bête Humaine
1. Opening Credits [2:34]
2. Full Steam Ahead [4:23]
3. Arrival in Le Havre [2:18]
4. Roubaud's Séverine [2:38]
5. Workers' Routine [4:10]
6. Day Trip [2:23]
7. Human Animal [5:15]
8. Meeting With Grandmorin [8:38]
9. The 6:20 for Le Havre [5:11]
10. Hiding the Truth [5:14]
11. "Please Believe Me" [2:01]
12. Suspects [4:17]
13. At Home With the Roubauds [4:08]
14. "Not Looking for a Lover" [2:57]
15. Hot and Cold [2:50]
16. Weathering the Storm [3:32]
17. Lifelong Bond [2:14]
18. "What Was It Like" [5:21]
19. For Séverine [3:54]
20. Lison [1:14]
21. Railway Dance [8:01]
22. Séverine's Little Heart [9:18]
23. Peace of Mind [8:12]
1. An Unusual Renoir [4:56]
2. Realism and Poetry [2:17]
3. Director and Actor [2:05]
4. Human Nature [2:00]
1. Jean Renoir [5:51]
2. Modernizing La Bête Humaine [2:42]
3. Zola's Influences [4:54]
4. Fritz Lang's Human Desire [4:42]
5. Zola's "Screen Play" [3:33]
6. Aristic License [2:16]

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