La Bęte Humaine (Judas Was a Woman)(The Human Beast)
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La Bęte Humaine (Judas Was a Woman)(The Human Beast)
Based on a novel by Emile Zola, La Bete Humaine weaves a mesmerizing tale of a tragic triangle. Train engineer Jean Gabin lusts after Simone Simon, the wife of his co-worker Fernand Ledoux. When Ledoux is in danger of losing his job, Simon offers herself to her husband's boss. In jealous pique, Ledoux kills the man. Gabin is witness to this, so Simon promises to reward him sexually if he'll keep quiet. As this romance intensifies, Simon tries to finagle Gabin into killing Ledoux. Sick of the whole sordid affair, Gabin murders Simon and then kills himself. When Fritz Lang remade La Bete… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film has marvellous atmosphere and a fine cast, but the material, which involves brutal, uncontrollable passion seen in a social framework, turns oppressive, and at times Gabin is a lump."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"Jean Renoir's generous sensibility seems at odds with the sterile determinism of the Zola novel on which this 1938 film was based."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"La bête humaine may show Renoir at his darkest, but as always Renoir in his observantly caustic mode can't bring himself to not splash highlighting colors onto his preeminently human canvas."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"... it's the hot visuals that make the film so explosive."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is simply a story; a macabre, grim and oddly-fascinating story."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Renoir returns to the réelle du train with little comfort for his 'human beast.'"
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Senses of Cinema
"[Renoir's] expertise behind the camera--and his driving curiosity for human constructs and human nature...elevate La bete humaine to an unforgettable filmic experience."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Superb performances from Gabin, Simon and Ledoux as the classic tragic love triangle."
‑ , Time Out
"Features one of Jean Gabin's greatest performances -- one with even more force than the locomotive he powers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The central performances in this tragic love triangle are brilliant and utterly convincing."
‑ Laura Bushell, Film4
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