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This edition: "The Lower Depths (Les bas-fonds)" (1936)

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Episode Details

First aired: April 7, 2018.

(1936, France, 1h 30min, Crime | Drama | Romance, b&w, In French with English Subtitles)
Director: Jean Renoir
Writers: Maxim Gorky (play), Yevgeni Zamyatin (as E. Zamiatine)
Stars: Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet

A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.

Discussion guest: Jonathan Buchsbaum, Queens College CUNY.

Guest List

Jonathan Buchsbaum Professor or Media Studies, Queens College/CUNY