Renoir, Jean. (1894-1979)

"I am up to my neck in production of a film, 'Le Caporal épinglé'" - Two Typed Letters Signed

Interesting pairs of typed letters from the French director to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, responding to invitations to speak.  In the first letter (Paris, 31 August 1961;  1 pp. on A4 personal stationary), signed "Jean Renoir," he writes, in part (translated from the French), "I am up to my neck in production of a film, "Le Caporal épinglé" ["The Elusive Corporal"] and will be working on that until the spring.  At that time I should in principle begin another film." In the second letter, unsigned, (3 May 1963;  1 pp. on A4 paper), Renoir reflects back on their "too short conversations in Rome," discusses participation in a conference whihc depends on an awaited reply from a producer, notes his commitment to give some courses at the University of California etc.  Expected mailing folds, two holes to left margin, else fine.

Jean Renoir is generally considered one of the most important and influential directors in film history, with La Grande Illusion and The Rules of the Game regularly included on lists of the greatest films ever made. The 1962 comedy Le Caporal épinglé ("The Elusive Corporal"), starring Jean-Pierre Cassel, would prove to be Renoir's final feature film.

Irma Antonetto (1920-1993), was founder and director of the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] for 46 years, during which time she brought some 400 philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy. She was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica italiana. (19211)