Jean Renoir's La Bete Humaine

KINONIK in association
with SPACE presents

~ KinoNoir ~

AUGUST 12, 2019, 8 PM

La Bête Humaine (English: The Human Beast and Judas Was a Woman) is a 1938 French film directed by Jean Renoir. The picture features Jean Gabin and Simone Simon, and is loosely based on the novel by Émile Zola.

When the film was released the New York Times critic said:  “It is hardly a pretty picture, dealing as it does with a man whose tainted blood subjects him to fits of homicidal mania, with a woman of warped childhood who shares her husband’s guilty secret of murder.”

Along with Pepe Le Moko (1937), Port of Shadows (1938), and Le Jour Se Leve (1939), Le Bete Humaine was a French interpretation of the dark drama that was emerging in Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s which would morph into the classic film noir of the 1940s and 50s.

SPACE, 538 Congress St, Portland

August 12 at 8 PM, $8 ($6 for SPACE members)