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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. Produced with a range of different collaborators, in widely varying circumstances and production contexts, Jean Renoir's work must be located in a world undergoing massive and often traumatic change, one rent by competing ideologies and war. Rather than seeking some impossible synthesis, it is better to trace its evolution, identifying periods of relative consistency and crucial turning points that gave it a new direction. The silent period films are interesting for their technical innovation and visual inventiveness. The early 1930s are dominated by adaptations of novels and boulevard theatre and take from them a critique of the bourgeoisie that is at times gentle and at times acerbic but always inwardlooking. Some of Renoir's Hollywood output explores tensions in American mythology to a limited degree without ever subverting it (Swamp Water, The Southerner).


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