“Renoir” Director Gilles Bourdos

March 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

French director, Gilles Bourdos, shared with the sophisticated Film Society of Lincoln Center audience attending his Rendez-vous with French Cinema film, “Renoir” on Saturday night, that while walking around the Metropolitan Museum of Art and getting lost one day, he found himself in the room where the French Impressionist  paintings are kept. He came across Renoir’s paintings, and felt he had an obligation as a Frenchman to tell Renoir’s story.  “It was either Cezanne or Renoir, and I chose Pierre-Auguste Renoir.”

Absolutely beautiful cinematography, by Gilles Bourdos and Mark Ping Bing Lee, as each scene and lighting was set up so precisely in a protected area in a National Park near St. Tropez on the Cote d’Azur.  As it is a time period piece from 1915 to 1919, Gilles explained that it was difficult not to get a light bulb or a modern day boat in the shot.”

“There are many disagreeable things in life, I don’t need to create more poverty, despair, or tragedy. Flesh is all that matters. If you understand flesh, you understand life.”~Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Article, Photos, and Videography by Sharon Abella


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