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Film: Jean Renoir, Crimes of Passion
Michael Fox Orson Welles and Francois Truffaut called Jean Renoir the greatest filmmaker in the world, and Renoir maintains his place among cinema’s immortals 40 years after his death. The French director, writer and occasional actor began making movies in the silent era, and his vast body of work encompasses social realism, farce, melodrama, tragicomedy, historical epic and musical. This screening, lecture and discussion class explores the genius and contradictions of a humanist who combined effortless artistry with accessible social critique. Possible films included will be: Nana (1926) 105’ La Chienne (1931) 94’ The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936) 84’ Grand Illusion (1937) 113’ Rules of the Game (1939) 106’ The Southerner (1945) 92’ or The River (1951) 99’ The Golden Coach (1953) 103’ or French Cancan (1955) 105’ or Elena and Her Men (1956) 98’ Michael Fox is a San Francisco journalist and critic who has written about movies for more than 40 publications since 1987. He hosted KQED's "Independent View" and wrote the "Reel World" column in SF Weekly for a decade. Fox has sat on juries, moderated panels and contributed program notes for the San Francisco International, Mill Valley, United Nations Association and Cinequest film festivals. Fox is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.
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