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RENOIR-1 - Hol lywood Column BY PAUL HARRISON NEA Service...
Hol lywood Column BY PAUL HARRISON NEA Service Staff Correspondent Hollywood—In somewhat labored labored English, a French director today told how Canadian-born Deanna Durbin w'lll appear in a picture that wanders over half the world, ending in the United States and iucluding an earlier sequence in which Japanese bombs boom an accompaniment to a lullaby sung by the star in Chinese. This international melange ought to be apple pie, or maybe peches flambeaux, for Jean Renoir. Renoir. His first job for Hollywood, when he knew almost no English, was the direction of "Swamp Water," Water," a story laid and partly filmed in Georgia. There was a good deal of disparaging comment about his selection for such a "typically American” picture. But Renoir went ahead, serene in his belief that, country people are pretty much alike everywhere. And "Swamp Water" turned out fine, full of feeling and flavor. UNUSUAL PAIR His current association is with Producer Bruce Manning, who helped write most of the Durbin pictures. They make an odd pair of collaborators — the forceful, slangy ex-newspaperman and the sensitive, soft-spoken Frenchman, feeling for his words. They preside preside at story conferences under a big tree on a patch of studio lawn and argue about how to get Miss Durbin, a teacher in a mission school, from China to Rangoon to Australia to San Francisco. It's a rare privilege for a player, player, hut Miss Durbin sits in at some of these pow-wows. Renoir said (and 1 won’t try to transcribe his way of talking) that she is the most honest and objective in her reactions of any. star he knows. He’s 4 7, and has thinning, sandy sandy hair. But if you're familiar with the art of Pierre Auguste Renoir, the great French impressionist. impressionist. you have seen Jean Renoir Renoir as a red-thatched little boy. His father often included him in his paintings. WAR VICTIM The director didn’t go into movies movies through art, though. He was wounded in 1914 and invalided i from the French cavalry to an ob- j server’s job in the air force. He had to take pictures and so grew interested in photography. Invented Invented some camera devices and after 1918 became a specialist for French studios in process shots and other special effects. As a director and producer, he worked toward an honest realism in story and filming and went broke in the middle ’20s because the public wasn’t ready for the change. His “La Chienne" was a success in 1930. though, and that was the first of the naturalistic pictures which have influenced most of our modern movies. He got out of France while the getting was good, fearing he might be forced to work for the Nazis. Renoir’s soldier son also escaped to America and now is with the U. S. forces in Australia.

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  1. The Escanaba Daily Press,
  2. 29 May 1942, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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