With the advent of talkies, Renoir made a trio of movies that would be considered among the finest to come out of pre-World War II France: La Chienne (remade by Fritz Lang as Scarlet Street), The Lower Depths (1936) and Grand Illusion (1937).
Escaping to the United States after the fall of France, Renoir went to work for 20th Century Fox, making his American debut with the rustic drama Swamp Water (1941). He returned to rural America for The Southerner, a drama about Texas sharecroppers that earned him a Best Director Oscar nod. His other notable films include Diary of a Chambermaid, Woman on the Beach and The River. Renoir died Feb. 12, 1979.
This classic film directed by the legendary Jean Renoir and based on the novel by Emile Zola stars Roubaud as Fernand Ledoux, a train station worker who, enraged that his wife, Severine (Simone Simon), has cuckolded him, forces her to help kill him. Roubaud's co-worker, Jacques Lantier (Jean Gabin), knows the truth, having witnessed the gruesome events unfold, but all he wants to do is protect Severine because he wants her for himself.