The Lower Depths (1936 film)

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The Lower Depths
Les bas fonds.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jean Renoir
Produced by Alexandre Kamenka
Written by Screenplay:
Yevgeni Zamyatin
Jacques Companéez
Jean Renoir
Charles Spaak
Play:
Maxim Gorky
Starring Jean Gabin
Suzy Prim
Louis Jouvet
Music by Jean Wiener
Cinematography Fédote Bourgasoff
Edited by Marguerite Renoir
Production
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Films Albatros
Distributed by Arthur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn (US)
Release date(s) 11 December 1936 (France)
10 September 1937 (US)
Running time 95 min.
Country France
Language French

The Lower Depths (French: Les Bas-fonds) is a 1936 French drama film directed by Jean Renoir, based on a play of the same title by Maxim Gorky. The film is an example of the poetic realism. It received the first Louis Delluc Prize in 1937.

Akira Kurosawa also directed a Japanese film version of Gorky's play, Donzoko (1957). Both are available on one DVD from the The Criterion Collection.

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