One of the seven or eight major turning-points in Renoir’s career. The disconcerting thing is that this is not the start of a new turn, but its end. . . . Genius, Malraux wrote somewhere, is born like fire. Of what it consumes. If La Règle du Jeu was misunderstood at the time, it is because it consumed, destroyed, Le Crime de Monsieur Langue. And Swamp Water in its turn because it consumed La Règle de Jeu.
December 01, 1957