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The Woman on the Beach

1947

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  • This critic mostly agree with Kael that his last Hollywood film is "an over-aestheticized, interesting failure," but one could argue that's even more reason to see it on the big screen.

  • [Renoir], living in California in self-imposed exile from France, cuts loose with vicious moods and creative rages that feel like the destruction of an old world and the violent birth of new possibilities.

  • One of the cinema’s great what-ifs—retooled after an unsuccessful preview, Renoir’s original version is now thought lost forever—it remains, even in its compromised form, a singular testament to the director’s artistry. Clunky exposition and narrative gaps can’t obscure the feverish emotions inflecting image after image; no less an authority than Jacques Rivette pronounced it “pure cinema.”

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