- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 301 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 20mm | 535g
- Publication date: 1 April 1990
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521351510
- ISBN 13: 9780521351515
- Illustrations note: 78 b/w illus.
Renoir on Renoir is a 1990 collection of essays by, and interviews of, the legendary filmmaker Jean Renoir, who created such classics as The Grand Illusion, The River and The Rules of the Game. Renoir's career in cinema, which straddled the transition from silent film to the talkies, has influenced a subsequent generation of filmmakers. Between 1954 and 1967, Renoir was interviewed by such eminent filmmakers and theorists as Jacques Rivette, Francois Truffaut and Jacques Becker. The interviews were originally recorded and published in the distinguished French film review Cahiers du Cinema, and shown on French television. They are an engaging account of Renoir's deep commitment to his chosen profession. Providing additional information on his ideas and theories on screen writing and directing, Renoir's essays also include lively anecdotes of the genesis and evolution of each of his films. They reveal behind-the-scenes of some of the masterpieces of French cinema.
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Table of contents
Foreword to the American edition Henry Breitrose; Preliminary note to the French edition Andre S. Labarthe; Foreword to the French edition Claude Gauteur and Jean Narboni; Acknowledgements to the French edition; Part I. Interviews in Cahiers du Cinema: 1. First interview Jacques Rivette and Francois Truffaut; 2. Second interview Jacques Rivette and Francois Truffaut; 3. Third interview: my next films Michel Delahaye and Jean-Andre Fieschi; 4. Fourth interview: the progression of ideas Michel Delahaye and Jean Narboni; Part II. Television Interviews: 5. Jean Renoir talks about his art; 6. Jean Renoir the boss, the search for relativity, the rule and its exception; Part III. Remarks: 7. Jean Renoir presents twenty of his films [for television]; 8. Hollywood conversations [from Cahiers du cinema]; Afterword; Filmography; Name index; Title index.