Boudu Saved from Drowning

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naremoret_lecture_iconJames Naremore Presents

Boudu Saved from Drowning

  • 1932
  • Directed By: Jean Renoir
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Comedy
  • 85 Minutes
  1. Saturday, September 10, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Boudu Saved From Drowning

The film will be preceded by a short introduction by James Naremore, Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus in Communication and Culture, English, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University.

In depression-era Paris, Boudu, a shambling, dim-witted hobo, tries to commit suicide by leaping into the Seine. Jumping into the river has become so commonplace that the people nearby do nothing. But from across the street, Lestingois, a distinguished bookseller and humanist, sees what has happened and comes to the rescue, bringing Boudu home with him and beginning a reclamation project. The result is comic chaos, melancholy farce, and biting satire. In French with English subtitles. 35mm print courtesy of Institut Français. Special thanks to Denis Quénelle and the Consulate General of France. (35mm Presentation)