In the provincial town of Varance, Catherine Ferrand, an orphan, is employed as housemaid to Georges Mallet, a prominent local councillor. Mallet’s wife, a sour vindictive woman, turns against Catherine and has her dismissed. Fortunately, Mallet finds a place for Catherine with his sister, Madame Laisné, who lives in Nice with her chronically ill and depressed son, Maurice. During the Nice carnival, Catherine dances with Maurice. Both appear to have found happiness – but then Maurice suddenly dies. To avoid a scandal, Catherine is dismissed again and she ends up in the clutches of an unscrupulous pimp, Adolphe. On her return to Varance, Catherine is unable to find work, thanks to the efforts of her mortal enemy Madame Mallet. Georges Mallet takes pity on Catherine and engages her to work as his secretary, prompting his wife to leave him. Mallet’s political rivals use this news to blacken his name and thereby prevent him from winning the next local election. When she hears of this, Catherine runs away. Desolate, she sleeps in an abandoned tramcar. When she awakes, the tramcar is in motion and she realises that the tram is hurtling inexorably towards a mountain precipice. Unable to go on living a life without joy, Catherine accepts her fate with resignation… –Films de France
Albert Dieudonné (26 November 1889 – 19 March 1976) was a French actor, screenwriter, film director and novelist.
Dieudonné was born in Paris, France, and made his acting debut in silent film in 1908 for The Assassination of the Duke of Guise, with musical score by Camille Saint-Saëns. In 1924, he directed the film drama “Catherine”, in which he also appeared as a major character. Jean Renoir acted as his assistant director on the film.
Between 1915 and 1916, Dieudonné acted in five films for director Abel Gance, including the 1915 film La Folie du Docteur Tube and the 1916 film Le périscope. In 1927 he was hired back to star in the title role in Gance’s epic film, Napoléon. In 1929 Dieudonné wrote a novel that was made into a 1930 musical comedy film titled “La Douceur D’Aimer” (Sweetness of Love), and he wrote the script for the 1936 La Garçonne.
Albert Dieudonne died in Paris in 1976. –Wikipedia
The son of the painter Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir became one of France’s most important and respected filmmakers during the middle of the 20th century. A Philosophy and Math student, Renoir became a cavalryman, but was invalided out of the army before World War I. Later, he married a model and aspiring actress, and, following the death of his father and the acquisition of an inheritance, set up his own production company to produce movies for his wife. Renoir learned from these early experiences of financing movies and watching other films, and became a director in 1924. With the advent of sound, Renoir’s career was quickly made with a series of profitable films, including La Chienne (1931), a savage and dark drama about a man’s self-destruction, which was later remade by Fritz Lang as Scarlet Street. Renoir’s subsequent films, including The Lower Depths (1936) and Grand Illusion (1937), were among the finest made in France before the war, and were well acknowledged at the time of… read more