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Robert Le Vigan in The Lower Depths

The Lower Depths

1936 NR

Jean Renoir's acclaimed drama, based on Russian author Maxim Gorky's play, follows the denizens of a Paris slum as they struggle with their lives and loves. Among the miscreants are the thief Pépel (Jean Gabin), a baron (Louis Jouvet) whose gambling habit has cost him his wealth, a miserly landlord (Vladimir Sokoloff) and his shrill wife (Suzy Prim). Compare Renoir's somewhat lighthearted version to Akira Kurosawa's 1957 take on Gorky's play.