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Jean Renoir: The Complete Films Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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>>> 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).Read more ›