La Vie est à nous


Time Out says

Described in its original credits simply as 'a film made collectively by a group of technicians, artists and workers' with no names appearing, La Vie est à nous was the most overt work of the French Popular Front, made by Renoir with the assistance of Jacques Becker and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others, and produced by the Communist Party. Basically a collection of documentary footage and vignettes satirising bourgeois society, offering up plenty of Communist-inspired optimism; but what marks it out from most propagandist tracts is the familiar Renoir theme of community ideals transcending social classes, expressed so eloquently in his previous feature, Le Crime de Monsieur Lange. A film of its time, conceived in the shadow of Hitler, it still communicates its message with an irrepressible joy and swagger.

By: DT


Release details

66 mins

Cast and crew

Jean Renoir, Jacques Becker, Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pierre Unik, Jacques Brunius, André Vaillant-Couturier
André Zwobada
Jean Dasté
Jacques Brunius
Simone Guisin
Teddy Michaux
Pierre Unik
Max Dalban
Madeleine Sologne
Charles Blavette
Jean Renoir
Roger Blin
Gaston Modot
Jacques Becker
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