DVD review

Boudu Saved From Drowning

Jean Renoir's 1932 blueprint for Paul Mazursky's heavy-handed 1986 remake Down And Out In Beverly Hills stars Michel Simon as a Parisian tramp rescued from suicidal despair by kindly bookseller Charles Granval. Simon's ungrateful Boudu takes over Granval's house, wife and life, exposing his bourgeois complacency. Enduring, Chaplin-esque social satire.

DVD EXTRAS: Introduction by Renoir, essay on the film, trailer for the Mazursky remake.

Rating: 3 / 10

Retail dvd (optimum releasing, widescreen)


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