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Also Known As: Died: February 12, 1979
Born: September 15, 1894 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montmartre, Paris, FR Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, producer, art gallery proprietor, author, playwright, teacher (University of California at Berkeley), craftsman

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Toni (1968) Director
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  The Elusive Corporal (1963) Director
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  Picnic on the Grass (1959) Director
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  Elena and Her Men (1956) Director (French-Language Version)
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  French Cancan (1955) Director
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  The Golden Coach (1953) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 The Christian Licorice Store (1971) Himself
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 The Rules of the Game (1939) Octave
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 La Bete Humaine (1938)
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 Partie de Campagne, Un (1936) Poulain--The Innkeeper
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Enlisted in Chasseurs Alpins, served in WW I as second lieutenant and with Flying Corps as pilot
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"
1925:
Opened art gallery
1926:
Directed first Franco-German collaboration "Nana"
1929:
Last silent film as director "Le Bled"
1931:
Sound-film directing debut with "On purge Bebe"
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Artistic advisor, Theatre de la Liberte
1937:
"La Grande Illusion" banned in Italy, Germany and Belgium
1938:
Co-founded production company, La Nouvelle Edition Francaise to film "Les Caprices de Marianne;" bankrupt after one film
1939:
"La Regle du jeu/The Rules of the Game" banned in Paris (ban reimposed during German occupation)
1940:
Immigrated to US via Algiers, Casablanca and Lisbon
1946:
"Un Partie de Campagne/A Day in the Country" released (shot 1936)
1941:
Signed as director for one year by Darryl F Zanuck at Fox
1941:
Ended Fox contract
1942:
Signed long-term contract with Universal; asked for release after few days
1947:
Last US film as director (for RKO) "The Woman on the Beach"
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Contract with RKO ended; co-founded Film Group production company (with Burgess Meredith); folded before any films were made late 1940s
1951:
First color film as director "The River"
1954:
Stage directing debut with "Julius Caesar" ( 2,000th anniversary of Caesar's discovery of Arles, France where play was staged)
1955:
Debut as playwright with "Orvet" (also directed; Paris)
1959:
Television directing debut with "Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier/Experiment in Evil"
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Education

College Saint-Croix: -
Ecole Sainte-Marie de Monceau: -
Ecole Massena: -
University of Aix-en-Provence: - 1913
University of Aix-en-Provence: - 1913

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wife:
Andree Heuschling. Painter's model, actor. Married January 1920, divorced 1930, worked for Pierre-Auguste, appeared in "Catherine," "La Fille de l'eau," "Nana," "Sur un air de Charleston," "La Petite Marchande d'allumettes".
companion:
Marguerite Houlle. Film editor, actor. Appeared in "Partie de campagne/A Day in the Country," relationship with Jean ended late 1930s.
wife:
Dido Freire. Secretary, continuity assistant. Married February 1944, Alberto Cavalcanti's niece.

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father:
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Impressionist painter. Fathered Jean aged 53, died 1919.
mother:
Aline Charigot. Had four children with Pierre-Auguste, died mid-1910s from diabetes.
brother:
Pierre Renoir. Actor. Appeared in "La Marseillaise".
sister-in-law:
Marie-Louise Iribe. Actor. Pierre's wife, appeared in "Marquitta".
nephew:
Claude Renoir. Cinematographer. Worked with Jean.
brother:
Claude Renoir. Assistant director, production manager. Jean's junior; worked on Jean's films.
son:
Alain Renoir. Actor, professor (University of California at Berkeley). Born 1921, appeared in "Partie de campagne/A Day in the Country".
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Renoir/Renoir My Father"
"Les Cahier du Capitaine Georges"
"Ma vie et ses films"
"Le Coeur a l'aise"
"Le Crime de l'anglais"
"Geneveive"
"Jean Renoir: Projections of Paradise" Overlook Press
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