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Nana

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1926
Drama, Romance, Silent
  • French
  • English
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Synopsis

A government official, Count Muffat, falls under the spell of Nana, a young actress. She becomes his mistress, living in the sumptuous apartment which he provides for her. Instead of elevating herself to Muffat’s level, however, Nana drags the poor man down to hers.

Our take

Jean Renoir’s second film is a splendid adaptation of Zola’s novel, starring his then-partner, Catherine Hessling, in the eccentric titular role. Influenced by Von Stroheim and German Expressionism, Nana is an ambitious and detailed silent drama, blending a somber mood with frequent visual comedy.

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Critics reviews

With its stark, contrasty images, stagey set design and expressive acting, it looks back to German expressionist cinema. Hessling’s fluttery, mime-like performance makes the artifice even more striking. And yet, Nana’s delights stem primarily from the contrast between Hessling’s restlessness and the inwardly implosive delivery of her co-actors, particularly the fabulous Werner Krauss as the tormented Count.
September 15, 2020
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Nana is a bold experiment in which Renoir toys with performance and camera movement to convey the unsaid.
May 02, 2017
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The seeds of Madame Bovary and Diary of a Chambermaid and Elena et les Hommes are detected, so are early glimpses of Citizen Kane, Le Plaisir and Viridiana. Anchoring it all is Hessling’s monstrous and affecting “gilded fly,” a lipsticked slash atop a slanted torso, a comet kicking a defiant can-can before burning itself out.
April 13, 2015
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