Jean Renoir

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Da Capo Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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This classic in the literature of cinema represents the convergence of the three leading figures of French film: Jean Renoir, universally considered the greatest French direct∨ André Bazin, the outstanding French film critic and theorist; and François Truffaut, the pioneer ofla nouvelle vague. Bazin left this examination of Renoir’s films unfinished when he died in 1958; Truffaut collected and edited the essays, and added a comprehensive filmography in which Bazin, Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, and otherCahiers du Cinéma regulars comment on the films. Here are brilliant insights into the whole of Renoir’s oeuvre, from the avant-garde fantasy ofLa Petite Marchande d’Allumettes, through the epic humanism ofGrand Illusion andThe Rules of the Game, to the quiet grace ofThe River and the profound theatricality ofThe Golden Coach. Bazin shows why Renoir is the critical figure in the development of cinema since the silent era, and how he went beyond montage to give the art new expressive potential. Renoir’s work constitutes one of the most fully and beautifully elaborated visions in contemporary art, and nowhere is this humanistic vision better illuminated than in this book.
 

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Contents

Introduction by Frangois Truffaut
7
The Silent Films
15
The First Talking Films
23
The Era of the Popular Front
36
The War Approaches
53
The French Renoir
74
Renoir in Hollywood
92
Renoir Returns
100
Renoir and the Theater
120
Renoirs Third Period
129
Memories by Jean Renoir
149
The First Version of The Crime of M Lange
159
An Early Treatment of Grand Illusion
172
An Interview with Jean Renoir
183
Index
311
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About the author (1992)

André Bazin (1918-1958) was a film critic for Le Parisien Libéré, the founder and editor of Cahiers du Cinéma, and director of cultural services at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématiques. Considered a father figure by the filmmakers of the ”new wave” of French cinema, he wrote dozens of important theoretical and critical essays on film, which are collected in the two volumes of What Is Cinema?

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