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Chienne, La (1931)

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Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country France

Production Companies
Les Établissements Braunberger-Richebé (presents)

Studio Films Jean Renoir

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Other Titles
• La Chienne (1931)
• The Bitch
• Isn't Life a Bitch?
• Bitch
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Genre: Drama, Prostitution, Murder, Psychodrama, Femme Fatale, Love

Plot: Perhaps the most genuinely disturbing of Jean Renoir's films, LA CHIENNE stars Michel Simon as bank cashier Maurice Legrand. A symbol of shabby gentility, he's henpecked by shrewish wife Adele (Magdeleine Berubet), who compares him unfavorably to her former paragon of a husband. After the paragon turns up one night to rob the Legrands, his wife's chagrin seems to help Legrand's self-esteem. Not long thereafter, he confronts a thug who has attacked the stunning Lulu (Janie Mareze), a prostitute, and rescues her. Legrand is too dazzled to be aware of her profession, and the two quickly become involved. He's soon so obsessed with her that he starts to embezzle bank funds to set her up with an apartment. A gifted Sunday painter, he decorates the flat with his work as a tribute to her. Lulu begins to sell the paintings to galleries through her pimp, Andre "Dede" Govain (Georges Flamant). As the paintings begin to bring Legrand success, Dede persuades Lulu to claim authorship. When Legrand learns of the scheme he is angered only by Lulu's romantic relationship with Dede. Tragedy follows for all parties involved. Renoir's masterpiece of realism remains a penetrating study of degradation.

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 Directed by
Jean Renoir
The Grand Illusion, Boudu sauvé des eaux, Bas-fonds, Les
 Written by
Jean Renoir
Carola, The Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game
Michel Simon
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Georges Flamant
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Roger Gaillard
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