1 of 1 Copy Available

  • CENTRAL: Audiovisual Collection
Log In to Place HoldMore Details

La bête humaine

Call Number



Special ed. ; Full screen version.


In French with optional subtitles in English; closed-captioned in English.


Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Julien Carette, Fernand Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy, Jenny Helia.

Publication Information

Criterion Collection,

Physical Description

1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.


Train engineer Jacques lusts after the wife of his co-worker Robaud. Robaud kills his boss and Jacques witnesses the murder. In order to keep Jacques quiet, Robaud allows Jacques to have an affair with his wife, creating a tragic love triangle.


Originally released as a motion picture in 1938.

Based on the novel by Émile Zola.

Special features: introduction to the film by Jean Renoir ; new interview with director Peter Bogdanovich ; archival footage of Renoir directing actress Simone Simon and interviews with Renoir, Émile Zola scholar Henri Mitterand, and others on adapting Zola to the screen ; gallery of on-set photographs and theatrical posters ; theatrical trailer ; booklet featuring critic Geoffrey O'Brien, film historian Ginette Vincendeau, and production designer Eugène Lourié.

Share: Facebook Twitter