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Portrait de Michel Simon par Jean Renoir ou Portrait de Jean Renoir par Michel Simon ou La direction d'acteurs: dialogue 

After clips remind us of the five films on which director Jean Renoir and actor Michel Simon collaborated,the two are filmed seated at a convivial table,enjoying a jovial conversation about... See full summary »

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Jacques Rivette
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Episode credited cast:
Jean Renoir ... Himself
Michel Simon ... Himself
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Janine Bazin Janine Bazin ... Herself
Henri Cartier-Bresson Henri Cartier-Bresson ... Himself
Jacques Rivette ... Himself
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After clips remind us of the five films on which director Jean Renoir and actor Michel Simon collaborated,the two are filmed seated at a convivial table,enjoying a jovial conversation about their work together and the general topic of acting. Written by Lawrence Chadbourne

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France

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French

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1966 (France) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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For Michel Simon despite Jean Renoir
10 March 2008 | by mla195See all my reviews

It is always a great emotion to watch Michel Simon, perhaps the greatest french-speaking comedian ever, whether he appears in Carné's or Duvivier's pre-war masterpieces or in mediocre films by third rate directors. But it is actually the same emotion to watch him in the role of Michel Simon. As noted by Sacha Guitry in the prologue of La Poison, with him there is no reason to stop filming as no one knows when he starts or stops acting. Guitry was perhaps the only established director to trust Michel Simon and offer him major roles at the end of his career which Jean Renoir certainly did not, and this is why it is particularly painful to watch his hypocritical demonstrations of friendship and interest. Renoir's idea was probably to entertain his court of young admirers (Rivette et al.) by showing them some old freak. But in spite of his endless but insignificant talking, Renoir just does not exist in front of Michel Simon.


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