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Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s. As an author, he wrote the definitive biography of his father, the painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Renoir, My Father (1962). During the 1930s Renoir enjoyed great success as a filmmaker. In 1931 he directed his first sound films, On purge bébé and La Chienne (The Bitch). The following year he made Boudu Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux), a farcical sendup of the pretensions of a middle-class bookseller and his family, who meet with comic, and ultimately disastrous, results when they attempt to reform a vagrant played by Michel Simon. By the middle of the decade Renoir was associated with the Popular Front, and several of his films, such as The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, 1935), La Vie Est a Nous (People of France) (1936) and La Marseillaise (1938), reflect the movement's politics. In 1937 he made one of his most well-known films, Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion), starring Erich von Stroheim and the immensely popular Jean Gabin. A film on the theme of brotherhood about a series of escape attempts by French POWs during World War I, it was enormously successful but was also banned in Germany, and later in Italy after having won the "Best Artistic Ensemble" award at the Venice Film Festival. This was followed by another cinematic success: The Human Beast (La Bête Humaine) (1938), a film noir tragedy based on the novel by Émile Zola and starring Simone Simon and Jean Gabin.

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Sep 15, 1894 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Charleston Parade 1927-03-19
Latest Project:
Movie Quand Jean devint Renoir 2017-04-30
Known For
Poster of François Truffaut l'insoumis
Poster of The Christian Licorice Store
Poster of Langlois
Poster of Jean Renoir parle de son art
Movie Quand Jean devint Renoir (archive footage) 2017-04-30
Movie François Truffaut l'insoumis Unknown 2014-11-02
Movie Un tournage à la campagne Unknown 1994-08-10
Movie The Christian Licorice Store Himself 1971-11-01
Movie Langlois Self 1970-09-19
Movie Jean Renoir le patron: La règle et l'exception Self 1969-01-01
Movie La direction d'acteur par Jean Renoir Unknown 1969-09-14
Movie Louis Lumière Self 1968-01-01
Movie Jean Renoir le patron, 2e partie: La direction d'acteur Self - Interviewee 1967-01-01
Movie Cinéastes de notre temps: Erich von Stroheim Himself 1965-10-06
Movie Jean Renoir parle de son art Interviewee 1961-11-11
Movie L'album de famille de Jean Renoir Himself 1956-05-24
Movie A Day in the Country Père Poulain 1946-05-08
Movie The Rules of the Game Octave 1939-07-09
Movie La Bête Humaine Cabuche 1938-12-23
Movie The Spanish Earth Narrator (voice) 1937-07-10
Movie Life Is Ours Le patron du bistrot 1936-04-07
Movie Little Red Riding Hood Compère le Loup 1930-05-14
Movie The Pursuit of Happiness Unknown 1930-05-26
Movie Charleston Parade Angel 1927-03-19
Movie La P’tite Lili Unknown 1927-10-01