In 1934, Jean Renoir stepped off the soundstage and headed to the South of France, where he captured vivid human drama amid the bucolic splendor and everyday social rituals of the countryside. Based on a true story and set in a community of immigrants living, working, and loving on the margins of French society, Toni follows the eponymous Italian migrant (Charles Blavette), whose tempestuous affairs with two women—the faithful Marie (Jenny Hélia) and the flirtatious Josefa (Celia Montalván)—unleash a wave of tragedy. Making use of nonprofessional actors, on-location shooting, and the resources of the great Marcel Pagnol’s Provence studio, Renoir crafted a marvel of poetic feeling that anticipated Italian neorealism and became a favorite of the directors of the French New Wave


  • Jean Renoir
  • France
  • 1935
  • 84 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
  • Spine #1040


  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring critics Kent Jones and Phillip Lopate
  • Introduction by director Jean Renoir from 1961
  • “Jean Renoir le patron: La recherche du relatif,” a 1967 episode of Cinéastes de notre temps on Renoir, directed by Jacques Rivette and featuring a conversation with actor Charles Blavette about the film
  • New video essay about the making of Toni by film scholar Christopher Faulkner
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 1956 piece by Renoir about the film

New cover by Katherine Lam

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