Jean Renoir's ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker's visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon 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 narrative - a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions - to an unforgettably ironic conclusion.
Introduction to the film from 1961 by director Jean Renoir
New interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner
New restoration of On purge bébé (1931), Renoir’s first sound film, also starring Michel Simon
Jean Renoir le patron: “Michel Simon” a ninety-five-minute 1967 French television program featuring a conversation between Renoir and Simon, directed by Jacques Rivette