The Lower Depths [Les bas-fonds]

Paris: Films Albatros, 1936. Vintage oversize double weight studio still photograph from the 1937 film. Notations listing other French films in holographic ink on verso, and with a negative-printed credit for photographer Roger Forster at the bottom right corner of the recto.

Winner of 1936's Louis Delluc Prize (the first year the prize was awarded,) Renoir's "Les Bas-fonds," is based on the Maxim Gorky play depicting a life of impoverishment in a flophouse, centering on a bankrupted Baron (Jouvet), a thief (Gabin), his lovers (two sisters) (Prim and Holt) and the landlord (Sokoloff).

Several other films have been made from Gorky's "The Lower Depths," Renoir's "Les Bas-fonds" and Akira Kurosawa's 1957 "Donzoko" being the most notable. Renoir's adaptation, not nearly as bleak as the Gorky's play, maintains a warm humanity. In the case of Kurosawa, though the setting is changed to Edo period Japan, the story remains faithfully grim.

Set in Russia, shot on location in France.

9 x 11.75 inches (23 x 30 cm). Very Good Plus, edge wear, creases at corners with pin holes on top corners and light surface creases.

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[Book #145854]

Price: $375.00