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Nana

  • 1926
  • Jean Renoir
  • 161 mins
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Renoir distils Zola's novel via just three characters, Nana, Vandeuvres and Muffat, while sumptuously re-creating the end of the Second Empire. The story follows Nana's brief success as an "actress", her period as a courtesan and grim death. Catherine Hessling, the director's wife, gives a somewhat laboured performance but there are many pleasures in this apprentice work, notably the cancan sequence at the Bal Mabille. Although well received critically, Nana was badly distributed and cost Renoir a million francs of an inheritance from his father, whose visual influence is apparent in the film.

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Credits

Cast

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NanaCatherine Hessling
Comte MuffatWerner Krauss
Comte de VandeuvresJean Angelo
Georges HugonRaymond Guérin-Catelain
BordenavePierre Lestringuez
La FaloisePierre Champagne
Zoë, Nana's maidValeska Gert
Comtesse Sabine MuffatJacqueline Forzane
FaucheryClaude Autant-Lara

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DirectorJean Renoir

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Black and white
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