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On Tue, 17 Oct 1995, Megan McDonald wrote:
 
> "Boudu..." by Renoir is not a re-make of Down and Out in Beverly
> Hills.  It precedes Down and Out by a number of decades.  Just
> thought you might want to know that.
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Well, surely it depends on which direction you're travelling in!  If
you're moving backward--which isn't *exactly* impossible, is it, if the
evidence of our senses is to be believed--then BOUDU is nothing short of
a remake of DOWN AND OUT; and E.M.Forster's novel is a plump recasting of
that incomparable Merchant / Ivory item which is so much bonier.
 
Murray Pomerance
 
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