Director, actor and screenwriter, Jean Renoir is one of the most original filmmakers in the history of French cinema. A true pioneer, Renoir always sought to push the boundaries of cinema. He made neo-realist films ten years before Rossellini and experimented with cinéma vérité twenty years before Godard. His films have influenced generations of subsequent film makers--including François Truffaut, Luchino Visconti and Satyajit Ray.
Considered one of the first "auteurs," he is a cinematic master whose unique poetic style combined a vibrant humanism with a passion for beauty and nature. With his trademark use of deep-focus and a moving camera, Renoir’s work is rich with energy, exuberance and the joy of life.
This collection brings together an overview of Renoir’s work spanning over 25 years, including his anti-war masterpiece La Grande Illusion
which is often voted one of the greatest films ever made. Funny, moving, true and still as fresh now as when they were made, Jean Renoir's films are essential viewing.Includes six films:
- La Grande Illusion
- Dejeuner Sur Herbe
- Le Caporal Epingle
- La Marsellaise
- Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier
- La Bete Humaine
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: La Grande Illusion (1937): During WWI, three French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life.
Le Caporal Epingle (1952): An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940.
La Merseillaise (1938): A news-reel like movie about early part of the Frensh Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people.
Le Testament Du Docteur Cordelier (1959): A lawyer, Joly (Teddy Bilis) is disturbed when his friend, the eminent psychiatrist and researcher, Dr Cordelier (Jean-Louis Barrault), makes out a Will leaving everything to a mysterious stranger, Opale.
Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe (1959): Etienne Alexis, a candidate for president of the new Europe, is a scientist promoting artificial insemination for social betterment and therapy to eliminate passion.
Elena Et Les Hommes (1956): Polish countess Elena falls in love with a French radical party's candidate, a general, in pre-World War I Paris, but another officer pines for her. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, Oscar Academy Awards, Venice Film Festival, ...Jean Renoir Collection 6-DVD Box Set ( La grande illusion / Le testament du Docteur Cordelier / Le déjeuner sur l'herbe / Le caporal épinglé / La Marseillaise / Elena et les hommes ) ( The Grand Illusion / The Testament of Doctor Cordelier