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Charulata's Director Marathon 1: Jean Renoir

Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:32 am

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Jean Renoir (1924-1978)
"“A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.”
I'm a compulsive completist and my film viewing centers quite a bit around watching entire filmographies of directors I'm interested in. I'm usually juggling 3-4 directors at a time so as to give myself some variety. I am hoping to maintain threads here wherein I'll post capsule reviews of the movies I watch and then hopefully rank the entire filmography.

I realize this sounds like a selfish thread but I'd love for all of you to participate with your views on the director as well as ranking the films you've watched by the director and anything else you think is relevant.

Fimography
Une vie sans joie
La fille de l'eau
Nana
Sur un air de Charleston

Marquitta
La petite marchande d'allumettes
Tire au flanc

Le tournoi dans la cité (fragments)
Le bled
On purge bébé
La Chienne
La nuit du carrefour
Boudu sauvé des eaux

Chotard et Cie
Madame Bovary
Toni
Le Crime de Monsieur Lange
La vie est à nous
Une Partie de campagne
Les bas-fonds
La grande illusion
La marseillaise
La bête humaine
La règle du jeu
Tosca
Swamp Water
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
This Land is Mine
Salute to France
The Southerner
The Diay of a Chambermaid
The Woman on the Beach
The River
Le carrosse d'or
French Cancan
Elena et les hommes
Le testament du Docteur Cordelier
Le déjeuner sur l'herbe
Le caporal épinglé
Le petit théâtre de Jean Renoir
Un tournage à la campagne

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Post by dreiser » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:34 am

<3 Renoir! Count me in.
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:38 am

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Une Vie Sans Joie (Albert Dieudonné & Jean Renoir, 1924)
A rather melodramatic silent film that seems to have inspired what became a standard template for many a Bollywood production. The story itself is pretty straightforward. We follow the a poor orphaned servant girl who fortunes at any given time are entirely subservient to the whims of the upper class people who employ her. However, the film is raised well above the plot machinations by scenes that are just sublime in their beauty. I was also amazed by the pacing of the film. The film feels remarkably fast-paced even by modern standards and the climax is a perfect combination of nailbiting excitement as befits a chase scene with a great emotional payoff. Just lovely.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:38 am

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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:41 am

Existing posters are way awesomer. Thanks for making me feel welcome here, seriously.
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Post by Trevor » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:45 am

The Sleeping Beauty (Breillat, 2011)
One of my favourite films from last year. At least, I think it was around December when I got to see it. :fresh:
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Post by Leda » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:48 am

charulata wrote:Existing posters are way awesomer. Thanks for making me feel welcome here, seriously.
Hey, welcome :) I read all film threads though my postings here usually consist of the social thread posts. Nice to have new people here (though I myself am quite new, too) and a great thread concept!
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:57 am

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Nana (Jean Renoir, 1926)
This one was really disappointing. It has none of the darkness and squalor of the book and feels really superficial. Plus, there are some really strange choices regarding which plot points to leave out. Catherine Hessling is really terrible. I was okay with her terrible acting in the beginning but as the film progresses and gets more dramatic, her performance really hurts the film. The saving grace of the film is Werner Krauss as Count Moffat. He totally embodies a character who is burdened by his sense of helplessness and defeat and manage to infuse the film with some much-needed emotion. He also has the best scene in the film where Nana has him behave like a dog. Given how experimental these early Renoir films feel, I was surprised that he didn't go further with the fever dream sequence at the end. Overall, this was the worst of the Renoir films I've watched so far.
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Post by Immaculate » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:06 am

I lurve Renoir. Congrats on already contributing more than my own meager offerings (I.e. my fondness for Renoir, as that's all you're all getting).
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:11 am

Leda wrote: Hey, welcome :) I read all film threads though my postings here usually consist of the social thread posts. Nice to have new people here (though I myself am quite new, too) and a great thread concept!
Thank you :). There's so much amazing content here and you all seem so close and connected that it's rather intimidating being the newbie. Am really hoping to get to know you all better soon.
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Post by Leda » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:14 am

charulata wrote:Thank you :). There's so much amazing content here and you all seem so close and connected that it's rather intimidating being the newbie. Am really hoping to get to know you all better soon.
Oh, please don't feel too intimidated, in no time you will feel like you had been here always :D At least it was like that for me.
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:14 am

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Charleston Parade(Jean Renoir, 1927)
This is a rather odd sci-fi short that feels really different from everything else I've watched by Renoir so far. In some kind of post-apocalyptic future, a blackfaced space explorer land in Paris and meets Catherine Hessling who keeps leering at him lasciviously and teaches him to dance. It feels mostly like a fun experiment for Renoir using special effects to make a drawing of a phone actually come to life, making a coat move and wrap itself around Hessling and so on. It's kind of fun.
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:18 am

Leda wrote: Oh, please don't feel too intimidated, in no time you will feel like you had been here always :D At least it was like that for me.
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:21 am

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The Little Match Girl (Jean Renoir, 1928)
I've always loved this little fairy tale. This short almost plays like two different films. The first half feels very realistic as it follows Catherine Hessling as the match girl peeking wistfully into restaurant windows dreaming about being in a warm space. But once she lies down in a snow trying to warm herself by lighting up her matches, it turns completely surreal. Suddenly, she's dreaming about being in a toy store where the toys come to life. This entire sequence feels like an animated film and is incredibly charming. But the sweetness of this sequence is soon followed by delirious fever dreams as the match girl falls victim to the harsh winter and starts to hallucinate about all the happiest memories she's had. The ending is particularly gorgeous and the short is really pretty great.
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Post by Sister » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:23 am

Great person to start a thread for. :up:
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:31 am

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Boudu Saved From Drowning (Jean Renoir, 1932)
Laugh-out-loud funny combined with one of the most amazing tours of Paris. It'd be easy to dismiss this one as broad satire but Renoir brings such compassion to every single character and does such a great job of portraying class differences with humor and empathy that it rises well above all of that for me. Michael Simon is clearly having a ball and it's just a blast watching him play Boudu.
Renoir had this to say about the film in his autobiography:
Excuse me for talking about the technical end, but I wanted to take advantage of the fact that Michel Simon was so real, that he was a hobo among hoboes, he was all the hoboes in the world, and it was interesting to see whether all the hoboes in the world could be absorbed by the Parisian crowd. For this kind of shot, I obtained a very long lens, the kind of lens that is used in Africa to film lions from afar. But instead of filming a lion, I filmed Michel Simon. I stationed my camera in a second-floor window, so that I would be above the roofs of the cars going by, and my Michel Simon walked on the piers, through the streets of Paris, among people who didn’t notice him. And I shot many scenes like that.
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Post by Mysterious F. » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:57 am

You're becoming one of my new favorite posters, charulata.
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Post by Trevor » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:11 am

Mysterious F. wrote:You're becoming one of my new favorite posters, charulata.
I bet you keep a list.
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Post by Mysterious F. » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:15 am

Trevor wrote:
I bet you keep a list.
:shifty:
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Mysterious F. wrote: :shifty:
As long as I'm on it, then I'll allow you to have it.

Also, good thread.
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Post by Oaktown » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:34 am

I like how you are prepared and already have a few entries. Nothing worse than being excited for a thread and then the poster either does not do it at all or gives up.
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Post by Das » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:42 am

Hey, a new person.

Hey, a good thread idea.

Jean Renoir is a pretty big under-taking, I tend to enjoy his color-era, The River, Grand CanCan always being favorites of mine.
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Post by Beau » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:05 am

Ugh, Jean Renoir.
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Post by Beau » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:07 am

Also, Charulata.

This new guy has awful taste. He should go back to IMDB.
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Post by Mysterious F. » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:09 am

Beau, you beautiful liar you.
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Post by Immaculate » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:13 am

Charulata - who has apparently taken their username from Satyajit Ray's The Lonely Wife - can't be a female, Beau? What's with the sexist pronouns?

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Post by Beau » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:17 am

Immaculate wrote:Charulata - who has apparently taken their username from Satyajit Ray's The Lonely Wife - can't be a female, Beau? What's with the sexist pronouns?

/Israfel
Charulata can be female, yes. She's allowed to be female.
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Post by B-Side » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:18 am

I - miss - Izzy. Hyphens and - all.
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Post by Trip » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:30 am

Beau wrote:Ugh, Jean Renoir.
this, without irony
Trip wrote:this, without irony
this, with irony
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Post by charulata » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:34 am

Beau wrote: Charulata can be female, yes. She's allowed to be female.
Phew, Thanks. Gender reassignment etc sounded way complicated and expensive :O!
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Post by Beau » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:42 am

charulata wrote:
Phew, Thanks. Gender reassignment etc sounded way complicated and expensive :O!
You could have gone the Israfel route: keep your sex a mystery, forever, and indulge in a steady stream of pretty Monica Vitti pictures and widescreen avatars, this last quirk kicking off a fad that only das floyd still keeps humming.
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Post by Beau » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:42 am

What is that, Trip? The next stage in meta-posting?
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Beau wrote:
You could have gone the Israfel route: keep your sex a mystery, forever, and indulge in a steady stream of pretty Monica Vitti pictures and widescreen avatars, this last quirk kicking off a fad that only das floyd still keeps humming.
And Trip. And Brightside. But neither of them matter.
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Beau wrote:What is that, Trip? The next stage in meta-posting?
Says the guy who once posted a dozen quote boxes inside other quote boxes (there was text but I forget what), even in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Please TRIP and Die
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Beau wrote:And Brightside. But he doesn't matter.
Fixed.
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Post by Beau » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:45 am

Trip wrote: Says the guy who once posted a dozen quote boxes inside other quote boxes (there was text but I forget what), even in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Oh, yeah. I was experimenting back then. The wild days of my youth.
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Post by Trip » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:46 am

To be fair to me, and to demean das floyd, I've been consistently using wide avatars since the start of this forum, having had a problem with giant boxes that make posts unnecessarily large. He used circle avatars more than anything. Who let Beau speak of things about stuff?
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Trip wrote:To be fair to me, and to demean das floyd, I've been consistently using wide avatars since the start of this forum, having had a problem with giant boxes that make posts unnecessarily large. He used circle avatars more than anything. Who let Beau speak of things about stuff?
Yes, but notice how the foot of my giant box elegantly coincides with the end of the poem in my signature. I get excited just staring at the precision.
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Post by Beau » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:52 am

Except the precision in question entirely depends on how long the text of my response is, which is never uniform. Okay. Anyways, so, Renoir. The guy who did Rules. Let's keep this show going!
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Post by Trip » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:54 am

Beau wrote:
Yes, but notice how the foot of my giant box elegantly coincides with the end of the poem in my signature. I get excited just staring at the precision.
At no point does it ever do this. The poem extends beyond the foot of your giant box almost every time. You use some sort of text zoom browser feature, I recall.
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Trip wrote:To be fair to me, and to demean das floyd, I've been consistently using wide avatars since the start of this forum, having had a problem with giant boxes that make posts unnecessarily large. He used circle avatars more than anything. Who let Beau speak of things about stuff?
I'm free with my avatar shapes, unlike you, you stringent, narrow minded wide avatar purist.
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Post by Epistemophobia » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:45 am

I wouldn't say I'm a Renoir fan, but I'll keep an eye out for something interesting since it has been awhile.
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Post by Ekinflog » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:06 pm

Sweet thread :up:

I have only seen a couple of Renoir's films, so I won't be able to comment much, but I will be reading.
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Post by dreiser » Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:17 pm

Beau wrote:
You could have gone the Israfel route: keep your sex a mystery, forever, and indulge in a steady stream of pretty Monica Vitti pictures and widescreen avatars, this last quirk kicking off a fad that only das floyd still keeps humming.
Hilarious. :P
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:43 pm

New thread!
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Post by Circus Freak » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:34 pm

I've never seen a Renoir film and I'm a compulsive non-completist, so this is like entering another world where nothing makes sense. But I ain't so dense as to fail to notice that it's a new thread, a worthwhile new thread in fact, and I'm aware that you cannot be a reputable poster until you've made a worthwhile thread. Right, Jedi?
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Circus Freak wrote:I've never seen a Renoir film and I'm a compulsive non-completist, so this is like entering another world where nothing makes sense. But I ain't so dense as to fail to notice that it's a new thread, a worthwhile new thread in fact, and I'm aware that you cannot be a reputable poster until you've made a worthwhile thread. Right, Jedi?
Pfft, like Jedi would know.
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Re: Charulata's Director Marathon 1: Jean Renoir

Post by JediMoonShyne » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:38 pm

Circus Freak wrote:I've never seen a Renoir film and I'm a compulsive non-completist, so this is like entering another world where nothing makes sense. But I ain't so dense as to fail to notice that it's a new thread, a worthwhile new thread in fact, and I'm aware that you cannot be a reputable poster until you've made a worthwhile thread. Right, Jedi?
Speaking of which, weren't you working on a thread?
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Re: Charulata's Director Marathon 1: Jean Renoir

Post by Trip » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:38 pm

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Re: Charulata's Director Marathon 1: Jean Renoir

Post by Circus Freak » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:54 pm

JediMoonShyne wrote: Speaking of which, weren't you working on a thread?
No, I was attempting to germinate potentially tenable ideas whilst weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of moving out of disrepute, which is a rather comfy house.
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