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The Southerner

Jean Renoir USA, 1945

El Biffo's rating of the film Der Mann aus dem Süden

Renoir really went downhill after LA REGLE DE JEU (1939). I love all his work in French, and love the silent LITTLE MATCH GIRL, but his later work leaves much to be desired. Hollywood has an overwhelming power to reduce even the greatest European film makers to its level. Some good camerawork doesn't make up for this being just another mid-century Hollywood product. The grandma is an exceptionally poor archetype.