Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a well-to-do bookseller, Edouard Lestingois (Charles Granval). The Lestingois family decides to take in the irrepressible bum, and he shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations. With Boudu Saved from Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux), legendary director Jean Renoir takes advantage of a host of Parisian locations and the anarchic charms of his lead actor to create an effervescent satire of the bourgeoisie.
Archival introduction by Jean Renoir
New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin Excerpt from a 1967 Cinéastes de notre temps program, featuring Renoir and Michel Simon
French television conversation between director Eric Rohmer and critic Jean Douchet
Interactive map of 1930s Paris, highlighting the film's locations