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Renoir and Poetic Realism

Renoir and Poetic Realism - o Often we look at Bergman or...

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Renoir and Poetic Realism I. French film • A parallel history • Film theory II. Jean Renoir (1894-1979) • 1926 Nana (Zola novel) • 1928 The Little Match Girl • 1931 La Chienne • 1932 Boudu Saved from Drowning • 1934 Madame Bovary (Flaubert novel) • 1935 Toni • 1937 Grand Illusion • 1939 Rules of the Game • 1950 The River III. Poetic Realism • Forerunner: Jean Vigo (1905-34) • Key features • Andre Bazin (1918-58) on Renoir IV. Two examples • The ending of Boudu • Dinner in prison: Grand Illusion V. Visual style as moral vision 􀂃 Final exam in three weeks o There will be one makeup exam available if you can’t make it at the normal date. 􀂃 A word about the last three weeks in this course: o Normally the final three weeks are devoted to examples of three different filmmakers from three different nations/cultures
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Unformatted text preview: o Often we look at Bergman or Kurosawa o However, this time we’ll be looking at two different French directors: Jean Renoir and Truffaut o I’m looking to illustrate a certain continuity across European cinema o These films are central examples of dominant schools of filmmaking ° Renoir is at the center of the movement of Poetic Realism o Neo-realism is also an important movement o You should get a feel for both how different these films are from American cinema, and simultaneously you should understand the continuity of style ° Look for the continuity in the moral vision of these movies o For these reasons we won’t be watching Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai this semester, but it’s a wonderful movie, and you should watch it on your own time...
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