The son of the painter Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir became one of France’s most important and respected filmmakers during the middle of the 20th century. A Philosophy and Math student, Renoir became a cavalryman, but was invalided out of the army before World War I. Later, he married a model and aspiring actress, and, following the death of his father and the acquisition of an inheritance, set up his own production company to produce movies for his wife. Renoir learned from these early experiences of financing movies and watching other films, and became a director in 1924. With the advent of sound, Renoir’s career was quickly made with a series of profitable films, including La Chienne (1931), a savage and dark drama about a man’s self-destruction, which was later remade by Fritz Lang as Scarlet Street. Renoir’s subsequent films, including The Lower Depths (1936) and Grand Illusion (1937), were among the finest made in France before the war, and were well acknowledged at the time of… read more
A hidden American gem from director, Renoir. It seems bit confused from the surface, but in deep down, it is filled with sensibilities and impressive symbol uses. The sky, the sea, the wave, the beach, and the wrecked ship all symbolize unstable spirit of each characters. A quite memorable last American film of a great French director.
An appreciation of the great American actor Robert Ryan on the occasion of a New York retrospective.
You get the weirdness of this picture right off the bat. After the opening credits, white type above images of surf colliding with rock, there