The Lower Depths

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Jean Renoir and Akira Kurosawa, two of cinema's greatest directors, transform Maxim Gorky's classic proletariat play The Lower Depths in their own ways for their own times. Renoir, working amidst the rise of Hitler and the Popular Front in France, had... read more

Jean Renoir and Akira Kurosawa, two of cinema's greatest directors, transform Maxim Gorky's classic proletariat play The Lower Depths in their own ways for their own times. Renoir, working amidst the rise of Hitler and the Popular Front in France, had need to take license with the dark nature of Gorky's source material, softening its bleak outlook. Kurosawa, firmly situated in the postwar world, found little reason for hope. He remained faithful to the original with its focus on the conflict between illusion and reality—a theme he would return to over and over again. Working with their most celebrated actors (Gabin with Renoir; Mifune with Kurosawa), each film offers a unique look at cinematic adaptation—where social conditions and filmmaking styles converge to create unique masterpieces.

Original Release

12/11/1936

US Release

09/10/1937

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Cast

Jean Gabin Pepel Wasska
Suzy Prim Vassilissa Kostyleva
Louis Jouvet Le baron
Jany Holt Nastia / Nastia, la prostituée
Junie Astor Natacha / Natacha, la sœur de Vassilissa
Vladimir Sokoloff Kostylev / le vieux Kostileff
Robert Le Vigan L'acteur alcoolique
Camille Bert Le comte
André Gabriello Toptoun - l'inspecteur des garnis / le commissaire Toptoum
René Génin Louka - le philosophe / Lukas, le philosophe
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Directors

Jean Renoir

Writers

Yevgeni Zamyatin, Jacques Companéez, Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak, Maxim Gorky

Cast

Jean Gabin Pepel Wasska
Suzy Prim Vassilissa Kostyleva
Louis Jouvet Le baron
Jany Holt Nastia / Nastia, la prostituée
Junie Astor Natacha / Natacha, la sœur de Vassilissa
Vladimir Sokoloff Kostylev / le vieux Kostileff
Robert Le Vigan L'acteur alcoolique
Camille Bert Le comte
André Gabriello Toptoun - l'inspecteur des garnis / le commissaire Toptoum
René Génin Louka - le philosophe / Lukas, le philosophe
Léon Larive Felix - le valet du baron / Félix, le valet de chambre du baron
Maurice Baquet Alochka - le fou accordéoniste / Aliocha, le fou accordéoniste
Jacques Becker Un promeneur
Fernand Bercher Un officier
Paul Grimault Petit rôle / Uncredited
Lucien Mancini Le patron de la guinguette
René Stern L'envoyé du comte
Sylvain Le greffier de la prison
Irène Joachim La chanteuse
Paul Temps Satine - le télégraphiste

Producers

Editors

Marguerite Renoir

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