DirectorJean Renoir Music directorJohann Strauss II Duration CountryFrance
Release date11 November 1932 CastMichel Simon (Priape Boudu), Marcelle Hainia (Emma Lestingois), Sévérine Lerczinska (Chloë Anne Marie, la bonne), Jean Gehret (Vigour), Max Dalban (Godin), Jean Dasté (L'étudiant) Similar moviesRelated Jean Renoir movies
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Boudu Saved from Drowning (French: Boudu sauvé des eaux, "Boudu saved from the waters") is a 1932 French film directed by Jean Renoir. Renoir wrote the film's screenplay, from the play by René Fauchois. The film stars Michel Simon as Boudu.
Pauline Kael called it, 'not only a lovely fable about a bourgeois attempt to reform an early hippy... but a photographic record of an earlier France.'
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Bourgeois Parisian, Latin Quarter bookseller, Edouard Lestingois, (Charles Granval), rescues a tramp, Boudu, from a suicidal plunge into the river Seine, from the Pont des Arts. Boudu is brought into Lestingois' household. The family adopts the man and dedicates itself to reforming him into a proper middle class person. Boudu (Michel Simon) shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations, challenging the hidebound manners of his hosts and seduces not only the housemaid but also Madame Lestingois herself. Gradually Boudu is tamed, shaved and given a haircut, and put in a suit. Then he wins a large sum of money on the lottery, and is guided into marrying the housemaid. Finally however, at the wedding scene, Boudu capsizes a rowing boat and floats away from the wedding party, and "back to his old vagrancy, a free spirit once more."
Michel Simon as Priape Boudu
Charles Granval as Edouard Lestingois
Marcelle Hainia as Emma Lestingois
Sévérine Lerczinska as Chloe Anne Marie, la bonne
Jean Gehret as Vigour
Max Dalban as Godin
Jean Dasté as L'etudiant
Jacques Becker as Poet on park bench
The film was remade in 1986 for an American audience as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, directed by Paul Mazursky. Another remake, Boudu, was released in 2005. Gérard Jugnot directed, from a screenplay by Philippe Lopes-Curval. It starred Gérard Depardieu as Boudu.