Cinema: Fantasy and Elegy

THE LITTLE THEATRE OF JEAN RENOIR

Directed and Written by JEAN RENOIR

It would be hard to ask of a movie much more than is given here: songs, laughter, a bit of heartbreak and melancholy, a mellow spirit and some gentle insight. All of it is accomplished, as well, with the openness and warmth characteristic of the work of Jean Renoir, a kind of humble Olympian in world cinema.

Working in such diverse forms as social drama, fantasy and elegy, Renoir has made nearly three dozen films since his first in 1924. Such works as...

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