Genre Guesstimation – The Human Beast (1938)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French Film Noir…..

“I can’t go on. I can’t go on” – Jacques Lantier

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After witnessing a murder committed by the woman he loves and her husband, a train engineer tries to deal with his own internal conflicts while still yearning for love.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that this month’s genre is not one that I usually am drawn to.

This made things a bit more difficult to find films to watch, but in my constant journey to expand my film knowledge into realms that I am less familiar and comfortable with, I was able to find some very interesting movies to watch for this series.

This is a very intriguing film because it does a great job trying to understand why a person acts as he/she does.

The main character played by Jean Gabin is constantly tortured by his desires for both love and for blood and we get to see how tormented he gets when trying to always decide what is right for him to do.

His job as a train engineer is the one constant in his life and he feels the most content while at work.

When he is off work, things are very different.

The film’s plot is a relatively simple one but it still manages to work really well due to the fact that it deals with themes and aspects of life that are familiar to so many people.

The fact that he debates whether to act on his desires or not is quite apparent throughout.

The constant struggle between realizing which desires we should move on and which need to be suppressed is a formidable one and we get to see how this character deal with these kind of issues in his daily life.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing film that really tries to understand what makes a person do what they do. The main character is constantly tortured by his desires for love and for blood and we can see these struggles in everything that he does. The plot is a relatively simple one yet still works really well because it deals with aspects of life that are quite familiar to just about everyone while trying to find a way to make certain desires come true while suppressing others at the same time.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jean Gabin learned how to conduct locomotive before shooting. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. This is a pretty good film noir plot that keeps things suspenseful and engaging throughout.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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