Jean Renoir

By Martin O'Shaughnessy

Jean Renoir

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5063-3
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £10.99
  • Published Date: July 2000
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film scripts & screenplays, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Biography: general, Film scripts & screenplays, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


Accessible and original analysis of all Jean Renoir's sound films, including those he made in Hollywood - this is the first major study to appear for a number of years and brings new light on some of the director's most celebrated films.. Illuminating account of critical debates concerning Renoir, and focusing on hitherto neglected areas such as gender, nation and ethnicity the book asks us to rethink our understanding of Renoir's political commitment.. Traces his output from the silent period to the age of television, tying his work into a fast-shifting, socio-historical context.. Detailed analyses of his sound films map his evolving style while individual chapters cover Renoir's career and writings, critical debates, the silent and early sound films, the Popular Front period, Renoir amèricain and the later films.


1. An uneven career
2. Renoir and the critics
3. The early films
4. The Popular Front years
5. Renoir Américain
6. Late Renoir
7. Conclusion


Martin O'Shaughnessy is Principal Lecturer in French at Nottingham Trent University

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