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screenwriter , director.

Jean Renoir, French film writer, director. Decorated French Legion of Honor, French Cross of War, commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres; recipient Golden Laurel trophy Brussels Fair, one of twelve best film directors of all times, 1958, special Oscar for lifetime achievement Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1974.


Renoir, Jean was born on September 15, 1894 in Paris, France. Son of Pierre Auguste and Aline (Charigot) Renoir.


Student of University Aix-en-Provence, France, 1913. Doctor of Fine Arts, University of California, 1963.


1 son, Alain; married second, Dido Freire, 1944. Artist, ceramist, Cagnes, France, 1918-1923. In motion picture business with own company and others as director-writer, Paris, 1923-1925.

Director films including Nana, Paris-Berlin, 1924, La Petite Marchande d’Allumettes, 1928, Tire au Flanc, 1928, La Chienne, Paris, 1929, La Nuit du Carrefour, 1932, Boudu Sauve des Eaux, 1932, Madame Bovary, 1934, Toni, 1935, The Crime of Mr. Lange, (original story), Paris, 1935, Les Bas Fonds, 1936, Une Partie de Campagne, 1936-1946, The Grand Illusion (original story), Paris, 1937, La Bête Humaine, 1938, La Marseillaise, 1938, The Southerner, Hollywood, 1943, The River, India, 1950, The Golden Coach, Rome, Italy, 1952. French Cancan, Paris, 1954, Elena (original story), Paris, France, 1955.

Adaption and legitimate stage director The Big Knife, Paris, 1957. Legitimate stage director Julius Caesar for 2000 anniversary found, of Arles by Julius Caesar, 1954. Writer, director Orvet, Paris, 1954.

Producer, director, writer Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, Paris, 1959. Director writer Le Caporal Epingle, 1962, Osella, Venice, 1968, Le Petit Theatre De Jean Renoir, Paris, 1969. Regent’s professor University of California at Berkeley, 1960.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Renoir, My Father, 1962 (Charles Blanc prize Academie Francaise 1963). The Notebooks of Captain Georges, 1966. My Life and My Films, 1974.

      Le Coeur a l’Aise, 1978. Le Crime de l’Anglais, 1978. Genevieve, 1979.


Served as Lieutenant French Calvalry and Air Force pilot, World War I. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member Royal Academy Arts (honorary) (London, England.).


Married Andree Madeleine Heuschling, 1920.; married second, Dido Freire, 1944.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Aline (Charigot) Renoir

Andree Madeleine Heuschling

Dido Freire