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Finding Aid for the Jean Renoir Papers, 1915-1927
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Description
Collection consists of material related to Jean Renoir's career as director and screenwriter. Includes scripts, production material, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and manuscript material. Photographs include film stills representing over 30 film titles released between 1926-69, photographs of Renoir's theater projects and productions, and personal photographs including family, friends, actors, and professional colleagues. Production material includes files for produced and unproduced projects from ca. 1930s-70s. Manuscript material includes novels and biographies.
Background
Renoir was born in Paris, France, Sept. 15, 1894; son of painter Auguste Renoir; became citizen of US, 1946, while retaining French citizenship; educated at Collége de Sainte-Croix, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Ecole Sainte-Marie de Monceau, Ecole Massina, Nice; graduated University of Aix-en-Provence with a degree in math and philosophy,1913; served in French cavalry, 1914-15; transferred to French Flying Corps, 1916; worked as potter and ceramicist, 1920-23; directed first film, La Fille de l_eau, 1924; Robert Flaherty arranged Renoir's passage to US, 1940, where he signed with 20th Century-Fox, 1941; singed with Universal, terminating contract, 1942; re-established residence in Paris, 1951, retaining his home in Beverly Hills; taught theatre at Univ. of CA, Berkeley. 1960; in addition to his film credits, he was author to numerous books and articles; Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Univ. of CA, Berkeley, 1963 and Royal College of Art, London, 1971; the recipient of numerous awards, received an Oscar for Career Accomplishment, 1975; died in Beverly Hills, CA, Feb. 12, 1979.
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Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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