Nana (1926 film)

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Directed by Jean Renoir
Produced by Pierre Braunberger
Written by Pierre Lestringuez
Jean Renoir
Émile Zola (novel)
Starring Catherine Hessling
Werner Krauss
Release date
25 June 1926
Running time
150 min
Country France
Language French

Nana (1926) is Jean Renoir's second full-length silent film and is based on the novel by Émile Zola.


A government official, Count Muffat, falls under the spell of Nana, a young actress. She becomes his mistress, living in the sumptuous apartment which he provides for her. Instead of elevating herself to Muffat's level, however, Nana drags the poor man down to hers - in the end, both lives have been utterly destroyed.


The film stars Renoir’s wife, Catherine Hessling, in an eccentric performance as the flawed heroine Nana.

Jean Renoir’s film is a fairly faithful adaptation of Émile Zola’s classic novel. The film’s extravagances include two magnificent set pieces – a horse race and an open air ball. The film never made a profit, and the commercial failure of the film robbed Renoir of the opportunity to make such an ambitious film again for several years.



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