Boudu Saved from Drowning

Boudu Saved from Drowning ★★★½

It slightly outstays it's welcome before being rescued by Renoir's gorgeous shots of the river and countryside but until it loses steam it is a satirical comedy and broadside at the French 1930s bourgeoisie that somehow still maintains a degree of charm and venom 80 years on.

Michel Simon's tramp loses his dog and decides to drown himself before being rescued by a pretentious bookseller whose household he tears apart.

The jokes are broad but still just about work and the images of pre-war paris are priceless. Simon is simply a force of nature and the class based jabs are understandable even if rooted in a vanished world.