The Human Beast


Dir. Jean Renoir (1938).
One of Renoir’s blackest films transfers the action of Emile Zola’s novel to the present day and supplies French cinema’s working class hero Jean Gabin with one of his finest roles as a locomotive engineer, an ordinary man drawn by chance into a life of passion and murder. The brilliantly handled railroad scenes are unforgettable. Two of the greatest directors treated the same subject—Fritz Lang remade the story in Hollywood in 1954 as Human Desire.

Sat., April 10, 2, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2010