Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's La bête humaine was one of the legendary director's greatest popular successes-and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen. Part poetic realism, part film noir, the film is a hard-boiled and suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman.
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