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Jean Renoir

29.06 UGC De Brouckère 18:00 TICKETS
Fictie . '81 . Frankrijk . 1935 . FR / ST : EN

Toni, een jonge Italiaan, arriveert in Frankrijk en vindt werk in een groeve. Hij vindt onderdak bij een jonge vrouw, Marie, die verliefd op hem wordt. Toni is echter verliefd op Josepha, maar als zij verkracht wordt door zijn voorman Albert, moet hij niets meer van haar weten. Om een schandaal te vermijden trouwt Albert met Josepha en Toni met Marie. Josepha en Toni kunnen elkaar echter niet vergeten.

Genre : Neoralism

In samenwerking met de cinematheek van Bologna



Célia Montalvan

Max Dalban

Charles Blavette

Edouard Delmont

Jenny Hélia

Michel Kovachevitch


Jean Renoir


Jean Renoir


Claude Renoir


René Sarazin



Suzanne De Troeye

Marguerite Houllé-Renoir


Paul Bozzi

Jean Renoir


Jean Renoir is a French film director and son of the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. His films, in both silent and later eras, were noted for their realism and strong narrative and include such classics as Grand Illusion (1937), The Rules of the Game (1939), and The River (1951).

The first film Renoir directed was¬†La Fille de l‚Äôeau¬†(released 1924;¬†Whirlpool of Fate), which starred his wife. All of his early films were produced in a makeshift way, with technical clumsiness, a lack of means, and a certain amateurishness. Nevertheless, the instinctive genius of the filmmaker found expression in them. These early films, which reveal a strong pictorial influence, have taken on with time a particular charm. In the late 1920s he found his inspiration in the writings of √Čmile Zola,¬†Hans Christian Andersen, and others but made them into personal films in the style of the French avant-garde of the period.

These films had no commercial success, and Renoir and his backers were almost ruined. The advent of sound in motion pictures brought new difficulties, but Renoir passed the test with¬†On purge b√©b√©¬†(1931;¬†Baby‚Äôs Laxative) and proved himself with¬†La Chienne (1931; ‚ÄúThe Bitch‚ÄĚ), a fierce and bitter film adapted from a comic novel by Georges de la Fouchardi√®re.

During the 1930s Jean Renoir produced many of his most notable works, but their freedom of composition was confusing to critics of the period, and the films achieved only middling success. These films include La Nuit du carrefour (1932; Night at the Crossroads), based on a novel by Georges Simenon; Boudu sauvé des eaux (1932; Boudu Saved from Drowning); Madame Bovary (1934), based on Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel; and Le Crime de M. Lange (1936; The Crime of Monsieur Lange), which, in contrast to the rather stilted manner of the first years of sound films, foretells a reconquest of the true moving-picture style.

In 1936, in sympathy with the social movements of the French Popular Front, Renoir codirected the communist propaganda film La Vie est à nous (The People of France). The same year, he recaptured the flavour of his early works with a short film, Une Partie de campagne (released 1946; A Day in the Country), which he finished with great difficulty. A masterpiece of impressionist cinema, this film presents all the poetry and all the charm of the pictorial sense that is, far more than his technique, the basis of his art as a filmmaker. The late 1930s saw such major works as La Grande Illusion (1937; Grand Illusion), a moving story of World War I prisoners of war; La Bête humaine (1938; The Human Beast, or Judas Was a Woman), an admirable free interpretation of Zola; and especially La Règle du jeu (1939; The Rules of the Game), his masterpiece. Cut and fragmented by the distributors, this classic film was also regarded as a failure until it was shown in 1965 in its original form, which revealed its astonishing beauty.

During World War II, when the Nazis invaded France in 1940, Renoir, like many of his friends, went to Hollywood and continued his career there. His American period includes films of varying merit, which mark a departure from his previous style: Swamp Water (1941), The Southerner (1945), Diary of a Chambermaid (1946), and The Woman on the Beach (1947). He made The River (1951), his first colour film, in India.

Now in full command of a mature style that reflected the qualities of the man himself‚ÄĒsensitivity, fervour, and humanity‚ÄĒhe returned to Europe by way of¬†Italy, where he made¬†Le Carrosse d‚Äôor¬†(released 1952;¬†The Golden Coach). A sumptuous work, combining the talents of both a painter and a dramatist, this film shows Renoir‚Äôs love of actors and their profession. He occasionally played roles in his own or other directors‚Äô films, and he allowed his actors a great deal of¬†initiative. Subsequently, he made¬†French¬†Cancan¬†(1955), a fabulous evocation of the Montmartre of the 19th century, and¬†El√©na et les hommes¬†(1956;¬†Paris Does Strange Things), a period fantasy swept along in a prodigious movement. His last works, from the 1960s, do not achieve the same beauty, nor does the work he produced for television.


1932: Boudu sauvé des eaux (feature)

1936: La vie est à nous (feature)

1937: La Grande illusion (feature)

1939: La Règle du jeu (feature)

1946: Partie de campagne (short)

1954: French Cancan (feature)

1959: Le D√©jeuner sur l’herbe (feature)

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