La bête humaine = The human beast
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DVD, Notes, Video
Physical Desc
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (34 pages)


General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1938.
General Note
Film based on the novel by Émile Zola.
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Booklet available for checkout.
General Note
Special features of this DVD: new, restored high-definition digital transfer ; introduction to the film by Jean Renoir ; new interview with director Peter Bogdanovich ; archival footage of Renoir directing actress Simone Simon and interviews with Renoir, Émile Zola scholar Henri Mitterand, and others on adapting Zola to the screen ; gallery of on-set photographs and theatrical posters ; theatrical trailer ; booklet featuring critic Geoffrey O'Brien, film historian Ginette Vincendeau, and production designer Eugène Lourié ; Dolby Digital ; scene selection.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Curt Courant ; editor, Marg. Houlet Renoir ; music, J. Kosma.
Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy, Gérard Landry, Jenny Helia, Carette.
Train engineer Jacques lusts after the wife of his co-worker Robaud. Robaud kills his boss and Jacques witnesses the murder. In order to keep Jacques quiet, Robaud allows Jacques to have an affair with his wife, creating a tragic love triangle.
Target Audience
Not rated.
System Details
Dialogue in French ; subtitled in English ; closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

(2006). La bête humaine =: The human beast (Special ed.). Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Jean Renoir et al.. 2006. La Bête Humaine =: The Human Beast. Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Jean Renoir et al.. La Bête Humaine =: The Human Beast Criterion Collection, 2006.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Renoir, Jean, et al. La Bête Humaine =: The Human Beast Special ed., Criterion Collection, 2006.

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