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Jean Renoir

An Afternoon with Jean Renoir

To celebrate Jean Renoir's birthday (September 15), join us for a talk about his ceramics, which Dr. Barnes collected, and a screening of his cinematic masterpiece La Grande Illusion (1937). In this film, Renoir creates a tragic chamber drama of prison camp life and death in World War I, in which he uses the POW encampment as a microcosm of Europe, studying the interplay of a motley group of French officers forced to live together under the eyes of their German captors. A Q&A session follows the screening. In partnership with Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

2–2:15 pm introduction to Jean Renoir’s ceramic work by Barnes docent
2:15–2:45 pm talk by Maurizio Giammarco, PhD, Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University, exploring Renoir’s cinematic technique, artistic tradition, cultural context, and historical perspective to inform and intensify the audience’s engagement with these exceptional motion pictures.
2:45–4:40 pm La Grande Illusion screening
4:40–5 pm film discussion led by Maurizio Giammarco

September 13, 2014
2–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $15; members $12

Collection admission not included.

Book tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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