Jean Renoir: Articles


Simone Simon: 'La Bête Humaine' 1938 Femme Fatale

Simone Simon and Jean Gabin in 'La Bête Humaine.' Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (See previous post: “'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.”) In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century Fox from another French import, […]


Deanna Durbin Movies: Remembering One of Hollywood's Biggest Stars & Universal Savior

Deanna Durbin in 'I'll Be Yours.' Deanna Durbin dies at 91: One of the top stars of Hollywood's studio era According to Hollywood lore, teen star Deanna Durbin saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy in the mid-'30s, when her movies earned the Great Depression-hit studio some much-needed millions. The story may […]


Paulette Dubost Dead at 100: Worked with Jean Renoir & Jacques Tourneur

Paulette Dubost, known as the “Dean of French Cinema,” and an actress in films directed by Jean Renoir, Marcel L'Herbier, Jacques Tourneur, Julien Duvivier, Max Ophüls, Preston Sturges, François Truffaut, Louis Malle, and Marcel Carné, died of “natural causes” on Sept. 21 in the Parisian suburb of Longjumeau. The Paris-born […]


Eugène Lourié Homage: Jean Renoir 'The River,' Sci-Fier 'Crack in the World'

Adrienne Corri (Mrs. Alexander in A Clockwork Orange) in Jean Renoir's The River The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and the American Cinematheque (AC) will honor Production Designer Eugène Lourié with a double feature: Andrew Marton's Crack in the World (1965), starring Dana Andrews and Janette Scott, and Jean […]


'The Boy Friend,' 'The River': Art Directors Guild Film Series

Twiggy in Ken Russell's The Boy Friend (top); Joaquin Phoenix in Ridley Scott's Gladiator (middle); Andrew Marton's Crack in the World, starring Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, and Alexander Knox (bottom) Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning Gladiator, Jean Renoir's The River, Ken Russell's The Boy Friend, and Andrew Marton's little-seen Crack […]


'The River' Movie: Jean Renoir Classic

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be presenting a restored print of Jean Renoir's 1951 drama The River. Though largely forgotten today, The River remains one of Renoir's best films. The performances may leave much to be desired and the plot may seem a tad too slight, […]