Here they come! Clickety clack down the track it's Jean and Jean and trains!
Jean Gabin wrote a movie solely so he could drive a train in a movie and hired a director who told him that maybe he should just adapt a train-oriented Emile Zola novel instead. Gabin agreed, fired that director, and hired Jean Renoir who adapted the novel which he hadn't read in possibly 20 years.
And it works! Probably! But not as well as it could have considering Renoir and Gabin’s other collaborations at the time!
We talk trains and bad psychology on Lost in Criterion this week with La Bete Humaine. Listen at LostInCriterion.com or on iTunes, where you could maybe drop a review of us? While you're at it, maybe like us on Facebook? Or consider supporting us through Patreon. We'd appreciate it.