"The real source of happiness, not just in the cinema but in any kind of human endeavor, is the fact of creating. Once a thing is done, well, it’s done. Of course it’s very nice to be applauded by audiences and very unpleasant to be booed: I’ll admit that’s important, but not that important. The real thing, the real intoxication if I may call it that, is in the act of creation: that’s what matters, whether one is creating an apple pie, a film, a child or a painting.”
Jean RenoirSeptember 15, 1894 — February 12, 1979

"The real source of happiness, not just in the cinema but in any kind of human endeavor, is the fact of creating. Once a thing is done, well, it’s done. Of course it’s very nice to be applauded by audiences and very unpleasant to be booed: I’ll admit that’s important, but not that important. The real thing, the real intoxication if I may call it that, is in the act of creation: that’s what matters, whether one is creating an apple pie, a film, a child or a painting.”

Jean Renoir
September 15, 1894 — February 12, 1979

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Jean RenoirSeptember 15, 1894 –- February 12, 1979
"A picture must not be the work only of an author or of actors and technicians; it must be also the work of the audience. The audience makes the picture, as well as the authors; and it seems to be strange because you could ask me how the audience can make a picture which is already shot, done, printed. Well, a picture is different with every type of audience, and if you have a good audience, the picture is better. It is a mystery, but we are surrounded by mysteries… I have nothing against that. I believe in it."

Jean Renoir
September 15, 1894 –- February 12, 1979

"A picture must not be the work only of an author or of actors and technicians; it must be also the work of the audience. The audience makes the picture, as well as the authors; and it seems to be strange because you could ask me how the audience can make a picture which is already shot, done, printed. Well, a picture is different with every type of audience, and if you have a good audience, the picture is better. It is a mystery, but we are surrounded by mysteries… I have nothing against that. I believe in it."

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Sight & Sound Critics’ Poll 2012

  1. Vertigo (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles)
  3. Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. The Rules of the Game (dir. Jean Renoir)
  5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (dir. F.W. Murnau)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  7. The Searchers (dir. John Ford)
  8. Man with a Movie Camera (dir. Dziga Vertov)
  9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (dir. Carl Th. Dreyer)
  10. 8½ (dir. Federico Fellini)

And the loser is – Citizen Kane. After 50 years at the top of the Sight & Sound poll, Orson Welles’s debut film has been convincingly ousted by Alfred Hitchcock’s 45th feature Vertigo – and by a whopping 34 votes, compared with the mere five that separated them a decade ago. So what does it mean? Given that Kane actually clocked over three times as many votes this year as it did last time, it hasn’t exactly been snubbed by the vastly larger number of voters taking part in this new poll, which has spread its net far wider than any of its six predecessors. [More…, x]

Jean Renoir with Marcel Pagnol, Françoise Arnoul, and Jacqueline Pagnol at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Jean Renoir with Marcel Pagnol, Françoise Arnoul, and Jacqueline Pagnol at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

On the set of Partie de campagne.

On the set of Partie de campagne.

Partie de campagne // dir. Jean Renoir

Partie de campagne // dir. Jean Renoir

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François Truffaut and Jean Renoir

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François Truffaut and Jean Renoir

François Truffaut and Jean Renoir on the set of Le déjeuner sur l’herbe. 1959.

François Truffaut and Jean Renoir on the set of Le déjeuner sur l’herbe. 1959.

"A director only makes one film in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again."
 Jean Renoir, born 117 years ago today.

"A director only makes one film in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again."

Jean Renoir, born 117 years ago today.

The Films of Jean Renoir

The Films of Jean Renoir