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Jean Renoir: The Complete Films Hardcover – May 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822830976
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822830970
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again." - Jean Renoir"

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Christopher Faulkner is professor of film studies and director of the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of The Social Cinema of Jean Renoir and, with Olivier Curchod, of La Regle du jeu: scenario original de Jean Renoir, as well as numerous articles on Renoir and on French cinema.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr René Codoni on December 6, 2012
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Jean Renoir: The Complete Films - Christopher Faulkner (Author), Paul Duncan (Editor), 192pp, Taschen (2007)

>>> Le maitre du cinema: A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again. Jean Renoir? Yes, Jean Renoir (1894-1979) was, like his father Auguste (the impressionist painter), a virtuoso in his field. From early films such as La Fille de l'Eau and La Chienne through later masterpieces like Rules of the Game and The Grand Illusion (widely considered to be two of the greatest films ever made), Renoir forged a reputation as France's most important filmmaker. Highly prolific (he directed over 40 films), Renoir worked in a multitude of genres, though social realism was his most powerful mode of expression. <<<Publisher's bulletin.

I have reviewed Taschen publications here on many occasions (see, eg, fbuk70, Duncan-Kubrick (2008), 27/10/2012); the volume on Jean Renoir is just the latest, but hopefully not the last in my series! Before I go into details, the verdict is "excellent" - text, picture selection, balance, layout. The author is a Canadian academic and Renoir specialist, but writes extremely readably; the editor, as always, does his job very well. Also, there are many surplus copies at amazon and others for a very decent price, so if you have any ciné-buffs among family and friends, you can not go wrong ...

Jean Renoir has started in the era of silent movies, then went over to sound without any problem - if his films have any shortcoming, it is that people talk too much, especially true for the Rules of the Game) - the same with colour. Because of World War II (ie the Occupation of France), he left for the United States, but late (1941).
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I was born at a very young age and have grown older ever since. I have passed the time sharing my passions for films, mystery fiction and comics by publishing, editing and writing books and magazines. I spent my teenage years publishing 'Ark: The Comics Magazine' (1980-1990) and writing graphic novels ('Second City', 'Overload', 'Beautiful People'), before graduating to a life of crime.
I co-founded 'Crime Time' magazine (1995-present), and edited 'The Third Degree: Crime Writers In Conversation', as well as writing some mystery short stories. It was during this time that I discovered the fantastic fiction of Gerald Kersh, who I have championed ever since through many articles and short story collections. (He's famous for the novel 'Night and the City', which was turned into a fantastic Film Noir by Jules Dassin in 1950.) One day, I'll even finish Kersh's biography. Promise.
Unemployed and in need of an income, I founded Pocket Essentials in 1999, edited around 50 titles in the series, and wrote eight of them, including 'Martin Scorsese', 'Alfred Hitchcock', 'Film Noir' and 'Noir Fiction'. This brought me to the attention of the illustrious Mr. Benedikt Taschen, who took me under his wing and told me to make film books. Since 2003, I have happily, if not ecstatically, carried out his wishes by editing over 50 film books for TASCHEN, big and small, including the award-winning 'The Ingmar Bergman Archives'. I've even written a couple of them. Yesterday, somebody told me I had the best job in the world, and for the life of me I cannot find anything wrong with that statement.

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