If a French farmer were to sit down to dinner with a French financier, they would have nothing to say to each other. But if a French farmer were to sit down with a Chinese farmer, they would talk late into the night.
French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s. His pictures La Grande Illusion (1937) and Les Règles du Jeu (1939) are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made. As an author, he wrote the definitive biography of his father, the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Renoir, My Father (1962).
Interviewed on British television, screened 7 September 1979