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Ratings & Reviews

  1. El Biffo's rating of the film On purge bébé

    Renoir's first talkie is a comedy about toilets, bowel movements, an enema, and stuff like that. Oy vey.

  2. Duncan Gray's rating of the film On purge bébé

    Not fair to judge this as anything other than what it was: a mini try-out for Renoir to prove to financiers he could make a sound film. Stagey and a bit drawn out, the interest is just slightly more than historical. But Renoir's choice and handling of the material (constipation as social satire) show his interest in theater, farce, and stripping back bourgeois facades to find human, vulgar embarrassment underneath.

  3. Terry_Moby's rating of the film On purge bébé

    Funny. A short film about laxatives and chamber pots. Renoir manages to keep this fast and light. The breaking pots and the flushing toilet are his very first sound effects!

  4. FISCHER's rating of the film On purge bébé

    Michel Simon est irrésistible en bourgeois coincé et la séquence concernant l'orthographe des îles Hébrides, d'une excellente drôlerie fort bienvenue... www.cinefiches.com

  5. Jason's rating of the film On purge bébé

    Important to note: On purge bébé was made by Renoir simply to prove to financiers that he would be a safe investment once he REALLY got around to making talkies. So it is essentially a director auditioning. And it's a swell audition. Though not very "Renoir." Extremely stagebound. A pretty typical bit of French farce, based on a play by Georges Feydeau. Funny. French funny. But, man: Marguerite Pierry is kick-ass!

  6. Black Irish's rating of the film On purge bébé

    Probably the most entertaining film about chamberpots and constipation I'm likely to ever see.