Renoir is the most unruffled of directors…. [The] rich dynamism of films like Le Carrosse d'Or and Le Caporal Epinglé is effortless and invisible. They are beautiful, but there is no sense of formal composition; they are full of movement, yet the camera, almost invariably upright, moves only when it must; they are extremely complex, yet seem to be built up at random. (p. 71)
The essence of Renoir is his three-dimensional view of things, hinted at as early as La Chienne in the puppet prologue which announces that what follows is neither tragedy nor comedy, but simply a story of ordinary people "comme vous, comme moi."… For Renoir, understanding is more important than...
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