These are two of Renoir's most charming films. Both take place along the banks of the Seine - the landscape painted by Renoir's father - and serve as a kind of homage to the world of Impressionism. Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, A Day in the Country catches the beginnings of a love affair between two middle-class day-trippers on a lazy Sunday afternoon in 1860. In the wonderful Boudu Saved from Drowning, Michel Simon plays a tramp happily and hilariously indifferent to the social codes of the bourgeois family that tries to improve his lot. The second film begins at 7:20 p.m.
Jean Renoir in the Thirties
Related Exhibition Matisse
Thursday, July 19, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Une Partie de campagne (A Day in the Country), 1936, 40 min.
Boudu sauvé des eaux (Boudu Saved from Drowning), 1932, 81 min.