A Companion to Jean Renoir (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

A Companion to Jean Renoir (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

By: Alastair Phillips (editor), Ginette Vincendeau (editor)Hardback

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Francois Truffaut called him, simply, 'the best'. Jean Renoir is a towering figure in world cinema and fully justifies this monumental survey that includes contributions from leading international film scholars and comprehensively analyzes Renoir's life and career from numerous critical perspectives. * New and original research by the world's leading English and French language Renoir scholars explores stylistic, cultural and ideological aspects of Renoir's films as well as key biographical periods * Thematic structure admits a range of critical methodologies, from textual analysis to archival research, cultural studies, gender-based and philosophical approaches * Features detailed analysis of Renoir's essential works * Provides an international perspective on this key auteur's enduring significance in world film history

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Alastair Phillips is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Rififi (2009), and City of Darkness, City of Light: Emigre Filmmakers in Paris 1929-1939 (2004). He is co-author of 100 Film Noirs (2009) and co-editor, with Ginette Vincendeau, of Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood (2006) as well as, with Julian Stringer, of Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (2007). Ginette Vincendeau is Professor of Film Studies at King's College London, UK. Among her books are Jean Gabin, Anatomie d'un mythe, with Claude Gauteur (1993, 2006), Pepe le Moko (1998), Stars and Stardom in French Cinema (2000), Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris (2003), and La Haine (2005). She co-edited Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood (2006) and The New Wave: Critical Landmarks (2009).


Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xv Notes on the Text xvii Introduction: Renoir In and Out of His Time 1 Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau Part I Renoir in Close-Up 13 Section 1 Reassessing Renoir's Aesthetics 15 1 Shooting in Deep Time: The Mise en Scene of History in Renoir's Films of the 1930s 16 Martin O'Shaughnessy 2 The Exception and the Norm: Relocating Renoir's Sound and Music 35 Charles O'Brien 3 The Invention of French Talking Cinema: Language in Renoir's Early Sound Films 53 Michel Marie 4 Renoir and His Actors: The Freedom of Puppets 72 Christophe Damour 5 Design at Work: Renoir's Costume Dramas of the 1950s 88 Susan Hayward Section 2 Critical Focus on Selected Films 107 6 Sur un air de Charleston, Nana, La Petite Marchande d'allumettes, Tire au flanc: Renoir and the Ethics of Play 108 Anne M. Kern 7 La Grande Illusion: Sound, Silence, and the Displacement of Emotion 121 Valerie Orpen 8 La Bete humaine: Double Murder at the Station at Le Havre 131 Olivier Curchod 9 La Regle du jeu: Lies, Truth, and Irresolution (A Critical Round Table) 144 Christopher Faulkner, Martin O'Shaughnessy, and V. F. Perkins 10 The River: Beneath the Surface with Andre Bazin 166 Prakash Younger Part II Renoir: The Wider View 177 Section 1 Renoir's Filmmaking and the Arts 179 11 Seeing with His Own Eyes: Renoir and Photography 180 Alastair Phillips 12 Popular Songs in Renoir's Films of the 1930s 199 Kelley Conway 13 Renoir and the Popular Theater of His Time 219 Genevieve Sellier 14 Theatricality and Spectacle in La Regle du jeu, Le Carrosse d'or, and Elena et les hommes 237 Thomas Elsaesser 15 French Cancan: A Song and Dance about Women 255 Ginette Vincendeau 16 Social Roles/Political Responsibilities: The Evolving Figure of the Artist in Renoir's Films, 1928-1939 270 Charles Musser Section 2 Renoir's Place in the Critical Canon 291 17 Seeing through Renoir, Seen through Bazin 292 Dudley Andrew 18 Henri Agel's Cinema of Contemplation: Renoir and Philosophy 313 Sarah Cooper 19 Renoir and the French Communist Party: The Grand Disillusion 328 Laurent Marie 20 "Better than a Masterpiece": Revisiting the Reception of La Regle du jeu 347 Claude Gauteur 21 Renoir and the French New Wave 356 Richard Neupert 22 Renoir between the Public, the Professors, and the Polls 375 Ian Christie Part III Renoir, a National and a Transnational Figure 395 Section 1 Renoir, the Chronicler of French Society 397 23 Renoir under the Popular Front: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Paradoxes of Engagement 398 Brett Bowles 24 The Performance of History in La Marseillaise 425 Tom Brown 25 Toni: A Regional Melodrama of Failed Masculinity 444 Keith Reader 26 La Regle du jeu: A Document of French Everyday Life 454 Christopher Faulkner 27 Renoir's Jews in Context 474 Maureen Turim Section 2 Renoir, the Transnational Figure 493 28 Renoir's War 494 Julian Jackson 29 Interconnected Sites of Struggle: Resituating Renoir's Career in Hollywood 514 Elizabeth Vitanza 30 The Southerner: Touching Relationships 533 Edward Gallafent 31 The Woman on the Beach: Renoir's Dark Lady 544 Jean-Loup Bourget 32 Remaking Renoir in Hollywood 555 Lucy Mazdon Filmography 572 Select Bibliography 585 Index 592

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/05/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781444338539
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 634
  • ID: 9781444338539
  • weight: 1260
  • ISBN10: 1444338536

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