Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 129: Tue May 8

La Bete Humaine (Renoir, 1938): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.50pm
This film is also screening at BFI Southbank on May 10 (6.15pm) & May 18 (6.20pm). Details here.

Time Out review:
'Stunning images of trains and railway lines as a metaphor for the blind, immutable forces that drive human passions to destruction. Superb performances from Gabin, Simon and Ledoux as the classic tragic love triangle. The deterministic principles of Zola's novel, replaced by destiny in Lang's remake Human Desire, are slightly muffled here. But given the overwhelming tenderness and brutality of Renoir's vision, it hardly matters that the hero's compulsion to kill, the result of hereditary alcoholism, is left half-explained.' Tom Milne
Here is an extract.

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