Eighty-five years after its completion, Renoir’s acid comedy continues to cause discomfort and impress with its freshness and free-spiritedness as well as a performance by the colossal Michel Simon. Its protagonist is one of those unforgettable cinematographic characters, in a work that is less celebrated than others by the French filmmaker, but just as revealing as his greatest masterpieces when it comes to the intrinsic dilemmas of human nature and our social organization.
When and Where
16:30 Cineplex (Sala 5)
16:15 Cineplex (Sala 5)
Jean Renoir could not fail to be endowed with an incredible sensitivity to the aesthetic, once son of the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. After writing a first screenplay for Albert Dieudonné's film, he directed his first feature film in 1924, in which he is a producer and set designer. He explores realism in "Toni" (1934) and then, joining the group "Octobre", meets Jacques Prévert and Jacques Brunius with whom he will work later. "The Great Illusion" (1937) - a resounding success - and "La règle du jeu" (1939) that became one of the most important films of the cinema thanks to the wealth of its direction. At the outbreak of World War II Jean Renoir went into exile in the United States. In this tortured period he directed some films about the war as "This land is mine" with Charles Laughton, "Salute to France" and also the drama "The Desired Woman". In 1962 he directed his last film "The Sly Cape" with Jean Pierre Cassel and Claude Brasseur.