Happy Birthday: Jean Renoir (1894–1979)

Festival Reviews

jeanrenoirJean Renoir (1894–1979)

Born: September 15, 1894 in Paris, France
Died: February 12, 1979 (age 84) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to:
Dido Freire (6 February 1944 – 12 February 1979) (his death)

[on Orson Welles]: Orson Welles is an animal made for the screen and the stage. When he steps before a camera, it is as if the rest of the world ceases to exist. He is a citizen of the screen.

Jean Renoir – Born in France in 1894 to famous painter (Pierre-Auguste) ‘Renoir’, Jean was drawn to the art of film. In the early 1920s, Renoir began making his own silent films, financed by the sale of his father’s paintings he had inherited.

In the early 1930s Renoir forayed into sound films, and began achieving success in the industry.

A political artist, much Hollywood material did not appeal to Jean; however, he went on…

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