The Lower Depths [Les bas-fonds]

Paris: Films Albatros, 1936. Vintage oversize double weight French studio still photograph from the 1936 film.

Notations listing other French films in holograph ink on verso, and with a negative-printed credit for photographer Roger Forster at the bottom left corner of the recto.

Winner of 1936’s Louis Delluc Prize (the first year the prize was awarded), Renoir’s film is based on a Maxim Gorky play depicting life in a flophouse, centering on a bankrupted Baron (Louis Jouvet), a thief (Jean Gabin), his two lovers, and the landlord.

Akira Kurosawa also adapted Gorky’s play in 1957 as . Renoir’s adaptation, not nearly as bleak as Gorky’s play, maintains a warm humanity, but in the case of Kurosawa, the setting is changed to Edo period Japan, and the story remains faithfully grim.

Set in Russia, shot on location in France.

9 x 11.75 inches. Very Good plus, light edgewear, creases at corners with pinholes on top corners and light surface creases.

Scorsese, My Voyage to Italy. Criterion Collection 239.


[Book #145854]

Price: $375.00