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Feature Film

Classic - Crime - Drama - Film Noir

France 1938 | 100 Min

La Bête Humaine

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Fatal love

Genre

Classic Crime Drama Film Noir

Subjects

Le Havre Trains

Language

French

Story

The solitary Lantier, who drives a locomotive between Paris and Le Havre, is liable to go into a murderous fit if alone with a woman he desires. The only time he feels safe is on the footplate with his fireman Pecqueux. However, he cannot fail to notice Séverine, the sexy wife of Roubaud, the deputy stationmaster at Le Havre. She in the past had an affair with the rich and influential Grandmorin. The jealous Roubaud forces her to meet Grandmorin on a train, There he robs and kills his rival, but by chance the off-duty Lantier is a witness. Because he is attracted to Séverine, he says nothing to the police, for which one night she rewards him. Then she starts suggesting to Lantier that he should get rid of her husband, but he fails the test. Instead, calling on her one night, he has a fit and kills her. Next day, after confessing to Pecqueux, he jumps to his death from the speeding train. (wikipedia)

Director

Jean Renoir

Writer

Jean Renoir, Denise Leblond, Émile Zola

Cast

Jean Gabin
Simone Simon
Fernand Ledoux

Producers

Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim

Cinematographer

Curt Courant

Production Designer

Eugène Lourié

Editors

Suzanne de Troeye, Marguerite Renoir

Composer

Joseph Kosma

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