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Toni

Toni

cast: Charles Bavette, Célia Montalvan, Jenny Helia

year: 1934

colour: yes

certificate: U

director: Jean Renoir

runtime: 95

Black and white movie For his first film set among the working classes, Renoir shot exclusively outdoors and in genuine interiors in the countryside around Marseilles, using actors from the region. It tells of an Italian quarry worker, arrested for a murder he did not commit. This tale of jealousy, passion and murder could have been melodramatic, but it derives from the details of the immigrant workers' everyday life, which Renoir presents without romanticism or special pleading (Cine Lumière- French Institute)

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