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
Maxim Gorky
Starring Jean Gabin
Suzy Prim
Louis Jouvet
Music by Jean Wiener
Cinematography Fédote Bourgasoff
Edited by Marguerite Renoir
Films Albatros
Distributed by Gaumont-Franco Film-Aubert
Release dates
11 December 1936 (France)
10 September 1937 (US)
Running time
95 minutes
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. A glimpse into the lives of several people living at the bottom of the social heap, focuses on a petty criminal, the woman he loves, and a bankrupt newcomer to the slum where the story is set. 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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