Blu-ray, DVD Release: La Chienne

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 14, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Jean Renoir’s 1931 ruthless love triangle tale La Chienne, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Gamedisplaying all of the filmmaker’s visual genius and fully imbued with his profound sense of humanity.

Michel Simon in La Chienne

Michel Simon in La Chienne

A hangdog Michel Simon (L’Atalante) cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him.

Renoir’s elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting and turning narrative—a stinging commentary on class and sexual divides—to an unforgettably ironic conclusion.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the drama contain the following:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir from 1967
  • New interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner
  • New restoration of On purge bébé (1931), Renoir’s first sound film, also starring Michel Simon and never before on Blu-ray or DVD in the U.S.
  • Jean Renoir le patron: “Michel Simon”(1966), a ninety-minute French television program featuring a conversation between Renoir and Simon, moderated by filmmaker Jacques Rivette
  • New English subtitle translation
  • An essay by film scholar and critic Ginette Vincendeau
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