Jean Renoir was the French writer-director of such highly acclaimed films as "The Grand Illusion" (1937) and "The Rules of the Game" (1939).
Renoir was considered one of the film world's foremost auteur directors, a filmmaker whose indelible imprint of style and intent is evident in all his films. Son of French impressionist painter Auguste Renoir, he was made an officer of the French Legion of Honor in 1976 and received an honorary Oscar in 1975.
In a career that spanned half a century, Renoir made more than 30 films, working in France and the United States. His early films, which also included "La Chien" (1931), "Night at the Crossroads" (1932) and "The Human Beast" (1939), were generally considered by critics and other filmmakers to be his best. Renoir continued working in Hollywood after his voluntary exile from France during the Nazi occupation of 1941.
Renoir was born in Paris on Sept. 15, 1894. Working first as a ceramist and later as a journalist and magazine writer, Renoir chose a career in the French film industry in 1924 after convalescence from a leg wound suffered in World War I.
Throughout Renoir's long career, his films have been compared to his father's impressionistic paintings and identified by their overall cinematic beauty as opposed to an emphasis on single images and isolated scenes.
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