Directed by Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir's first
great sound classic. The scenario is based on a novel by La Foucardiere. It is the story
of a cashier who works in a hosiery business and whose sole passion is the painting he
does in his spare time. Unhappily married to the widow of a noncommissioned officer who
disappeared during the war, he meets a prostitute and becomes tragically involved with
her. La Chienne combines the best of Renoir's work: the magnificent direction of
actors, a subtle and very nuanced portrayal of a rather dubious aspect of French society.
French with English subtitles.