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This classic in the literature of cinema represents the convergence of the three leading figures of French film: Jean Renoir, universally considered the greatest French director; Andre Bazin, the outstanding French film critic and theorist; and Francois Truffaut, the pioneer of la nouvelle vague. Bazin left this examination of Renoir's films unfinished when he died in 1958; Truffaut collected and edited the essays, and added a comprehensive filmography in which Bazin, Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, and other Cahiers du Cinema regulars comment on the films. Here are brilliant insights into the whole of Renoir's oeuvre, from the avant-garde fantasy of La Petite Marchande d'Allumettes, through the epic humanism of Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, to the quiet grace of The River and the profound theatricality of The Golden Coach. Bazin shows why Renoir is the critical figure in the development of cinema since the silent era, and how he went beyond montage to give the art new expressive potential. Renoir's work constitutes one of the most fully and beautifully elaborated visions in contemporary art, and nowhere is this humanistic vision better illuminated than in this book.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 157 x 233.9 x 22.1mm | 492.67g
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0306804654
  • 9780306804656
  • 588,215

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'Jean Renoir by Andre Bazin is the best book on the cinema, written by the best critic, about the best director. . . If this beautiful book is unfinished, consider it unfinished in the manner of A Day in the Country, which is to say this it is sufficient to itself and, even in its fragmentary state, the finest portrait of Jean Renoir ever written.' --- Francois Truffaut

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About Andre Bazin

Andre Bazin (1918-1958) was a film critic for Le Parisien Libere, the founder and editor of Cahiers du Cinema, and director of cultural services at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematiques. Considered a father figure by the filmmakers of the "new wave" of French cinema, he wrote dozens of important theoretical and critical essays on film, which are collected in the two volumes of What Is Cinema?

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