• Grand Illusion
    The (La Grande Illusion)


  • Great Illusion
    (The Great Illusion)

Jean Renoir

Born on 15 September 1984 in Paris. He is the second son of the impressionist painter Auguste Renoir. After completing his studies in philosophy and mathematics at the University d'Aix-en-Provence in 1973, he served in the army, first n the cavalry, then in Flying Corps. Demobilized after the World War 1. he worked as potter and ceramist. In 1924 he abandoned pottery and cinema. The films which he made during '30s are concerned with social and political issues, including several masterpieces. In the summer of 1939 Renoir went to Rome to direct a version of La Tosca with the assistance of Visconti. But on June 1940 Italy joined Hitler's war against France and as he hasdleftist leanings he was forced to emigrate to succession. In 1951 he made his first colour film The River in India. In one of his last films Le caporal epingle he reworked themes from La Grande Illusion to dark comic effect. Renois's film-making career ended in 1969 with a series of short plays for French television. Later he retired to Southern California. In 1975 he received an honorary Oscar for career accomplishment. In 1977 he was inducted as an officer of the French Legion of Honour. He died on 12 February 1979 at his home in Beverly Hills, California after a long illness.