Jean Renoir

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Renoir is arguably the greatest artist that the cinema has ever known, simply because he was able to work effectively in virtually all genres without sacrificing his individuality or bowing to public or commercial ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1894 in Montmartre, Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (18)

The Rules of the Game 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Golden Coach 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Testament du Dr Cordelier 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Vanishing Corporal 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Picnic On the Grass 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Elena and Her Men 1955 (Movie)

(French-language version) (Director)

French Can-Can 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The River 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Grand Illusion 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

La Marseillaise 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Boudu Saved From Drowning 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

La Chienne 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Charleston 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Swamp Water (Movie)

(Director)

The Southerner (Movie)

(Director)

This Land Is Mine (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (18)

The Rules of the Game 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rules of the Game 2006 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Rules of the Game 2006 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Testament du Dr Cordelier 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Vanishing Corporal 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Picnic On the Grass 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elena and Her Men 1955 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Elena and Her Men 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elena and Her Men 1955 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

French Can-Can 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grand Illusion 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Marseillaise 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Marseillaise 1937 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boudu Saved From Drowning 1931 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Chienne 1930 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Southerner (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (3)

French Can-Can 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Charleston 1925 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Land Is Mine (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

The Rules of the Game 2006 (Movie)

Octave (Actor)

Vivement Truffaut! 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Christian Licorice Store 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Editor (1)

La Chienne 1930 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (1)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("Complainte de la Butte") (Song)
Other (1)

Liberte 1988 (Movie)

film extracts("This Land Is Mine" (1943) "La Marseillaise" (1937)) (Other)

Biography

Renoir is arguably the greatest artist that the cinema has ever known, simply because he was able to work effectively in virtually all genres without sacrificing his individuality or bowing to public or commercial conventions. Although the son of the famed impressionist painter Auguste Renoir, his visual sensibility was entirely his own, and the technical facility that marks his films is the result of long and assiduous study.

Relationships

Aline Charigot

Mother
had four children with Pierre-Auguste, died mid-1910s from diabetes

Dido Freire

Wife
Married February 1944 until his death 1979

Catherine Hessling Actor

Wife
separated early 1930s

Marie-Louise Iribe

Sister-In-Law
Pierre's wife, appeared in "Marquitta"

Marguerite Renoir

Companion
appeared in "Partie de campagne/A Day in the Country," relationship with Jean ended late 1930s

Pierre Renoir Actor

Sibling
appeared in "La Marseillaise"

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Father
fathered Jean aged 53, died 1919

Claude Renoir Director of Photography

Nephew/Neice
Renoir's junior worked on Renoir's films

Alain Renoir

Son
born 1921, appeared in "Partie de campagne/A Day in the Country"

EDUCATION

College Saint-Croix

entered at age seven, first time in school

Ecole Massena

University of Aix-en-Provence

1913

University of Aix-en-Provence

1913

Ecole Sainte-Marie de Monceau

attended as a result of running away from College Saint-Croix several times

Milestones

1959

Television directing debut with "Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier/Experiment in Evil"

1955

Debut as playwright with "Orvet" (also directed; Paris)

1954

Stage directing debut with "Julius Caesar" ( 2,000th anniversary of Caesar's discovery of Arles, France where play was staged)

1951

First color film as director "The River"

1947

Last US film as director (for RKO) "The Woman on the Beach"

1946

"Un Partie de Campagne/A Day in the Country" released (shot 1936)

1941

Signed long-term contract with Universal; asked for release after few days

1940

Ended Fox contract

1940

Signed as director for one year by Darryl F Zanuck at Fox

1940

Immigrated to US via Algiers, Casablanca and Lisbon

1939

"La Regle du jeu/The Rules of the Game" banned in Paris (ban reimposed during German occupation)

1938

Co-founded production company, La Nouvelle Edition Francaise to film "Les Caprices de Marianne;" bankrupt after one film

1937

"La Grande Illusion" banned in Italy, Germany and Belgium

1931

Sound-film directing debut with "On purge Bebe"

1929

Last silent film as director "Le Bled"

1926

Directed first Franco-German collaboration "Nana"

1925

Opened art gallery

1924

First film as producer, writer, actor and co-director "Catherine/Un Vie sans joie"

1924

Sole directing debut with "La Fille de l'eau"

Contract with RKO ended; co-founded Film Group production company (with Burgess Meredith); folded before any films were made late 1940s

Enlisted in Chasseurs Alpins, served in WW I as second lieutenant and with Flying Corps as pilot

Artistic advisor, Theatre de la Liberte

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