April 23, 2021

Renoir: Father and Son


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to the ravishingly beautiful movie “Renoir” currently available on Netflix. Director Gilles Bourdos creates a world that is straight out of one of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Impressionist paintings. The story takes place at the famed painter’s home on the Riviera in 1915. His soldier son Jean is home on medical leave from World War I and begins a passionate affair with his father’s current (and last) model, Catherine Hessling. This is the same Jean Renoir who will become the highly respected French cinema auteur of such films as “Rules of the Game” and “Grand Illusion.” Most of his first silent films will star the seductive Hessling, the object of his summer’s passion and later his first wife.
You can continue your personal Jean Renoir film festival with seven of his works on Hulu Plus in their Criterion movie collection.

If you don’t have time to go to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris or the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. where many of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s paintings reside, you may want to check out a list of virtual galleries featuring his work.


As a side note, grandson Claude Renoir became a successful cinematographer for movies such as his uncle Jean’s “The River” and Vadim’s “Barbarella.”

Hulu Plus’ Criterion Collection: http://www.hulu.com/search?q=Criterion+Collection

Renoir” on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com


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