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Charles Blavette
Director: Jean Renoir Cast: Charles Blavette
Charles Blavette
, Celia Montalvan
Celia Montalvan
, Jenny Hélia
Jenny Hélia
Jean Renoir


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After completing his successful Madame Bovary (34), director Jean Renoir could have had the pick of France's top "name" actors for his 1935 film Toni, but chose instead to use nonprofessionals. The plot was based on a true story, brought to Renoir's attention by the sheriff of the village where it occurred. The story is the basic "good man destroyed by bad woman" conceit: An Italian laborer sets the gears in motion for Zola-esque tragedy by falling in love with a young woman, who then marries his foreman. This terse triangle is given verisimilitude by the unknown players and the location filming at the actual village where the real-life incident took place; what could have been relentlessly grim material is imbued with warmth and sentiment by Renoir. Taken for granted upon its initial release, Toni was obviously a major influence in the Italian Neorealist movement of the 1940s; the Renoir film finally and permanently secured classic status in the auteur-conscious 1960s.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2020
UPC: 0715515250115
Original Release: 1934
Source: Criterion Collection
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 16,561

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Blavette Antonio "Toni" Canova
Celia Montalvan Josepha
Jenny Hélia Marie
Edouard Delmont Fernand
Andrex Gaby
Max Dalban Albert
Paul Bozzi Jacques Bozzi the Guitarist
Andre Kovachevitch Sebastian
Jacques Leveil Jacques Mortier

Technical Credits
Jean Renoir Director,Screenwriter
Paul Bozzi Score Composer
Suzanne de Troeye Editor
Claude Renoir Cinematographer
Marguerite Renoir Editor

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