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    • by Biggsbee

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      Boudu Saved From Drowning is Jean Renoir’s 1931 classic comedy about a bum (Michel Simon) who’s saved from suicide by a bookstore owner(Charles Granval). The bookstore owner then takes bum into his home to teach him the finer things in life, only to have the bum reject his teachings and sleep with both his wife and his mistress.

      One of the things that is great about Renoir’s film is that the bum

      doesn’t conform. For better or worse, the bum lives his life on his terms and won’t allow the higher classes to change him. Stubborn rebelliousness has always been inspiring and one quickly relates with the bum more than the bookstore owner.

      Michel Simon as the bum is hilarious, often approaching each scene with a sense of nonchalance. His Boudu often doesn’t look like he cares much for the real world ...

      • but would rather live in his own. In one scene, he spills his wine at the dinner table. His caretakers then put salt on the table to remove the wine. He then pours wine on top of the salt. When asked why he did such a thing, he tells them it’s to remove the salt. Three a mischievous twinkle is Simon’s eyes when he plays this scene and one
        can tell he’s an artist who’s enjoying himself because he knows he’s within his element.

        This is a Renoir film, which means none of the camera work will interfere with the actors or their movements. Renoir was an expert at staging action and working with actors, allowing him to tell his story in the shortest amount of camera set-ups, giving the film a spontaneous energy.

        One of the great works of early sound Europe.

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