La Bete Humaine

Release Date: 07 January 2008 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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Made at the height of poetic realism in the French cinema LA BETE HUMAINE is an adaptation of Emile Zolas classic work starring Jean Gabin as railroad engineer Jacques Lantier. He lusts after Severine (Simone Simon) the lovely wife of stationmaster Robaud (Fernand Ledoux) but has kept his desire in check. While riding on Lantiers train Robaud threatens to expose Severines wealthy and powerful godfather Grandmorin (Jacques Berlioz) for having violated his goddaughter when she was 16. Grandmorin threatens to ruin Robaud so the stationmaster kills the older man. Although Lantier is a witness he fails to speak up when the wrong man Cabuche (Jean Renoir) is indicted because of his feeling for Severine. Eager to ensure the engineers silence Robaud insists that Severine become his lover. Lantier does not require extensive persuasion. At length Grandmorin is exposed and the ingenuous Cabuche is freed. But over time Severine has come to love Lantier. At this point she asks him to kill her husband so they can be together. But Lantier overwhelmed by revulsion toward all that has come before refuses to comply with her wishes. Gabin is utterly convincing as the tormented lover in this magnificently atmospheric tale of crime and passion.

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Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 97 minutes
Production Year: 1938
Main Language: French
Subtitles: English
Release Date: 07 January 2008
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Catalogue No: OPTD0869