Renoir mss., ca. 1913-1968
1913-1968, of Claude Renoir at the Lilly Library, Indiana University,
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Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Renoir, Claude, 1901-1969
Renoir mss.,ca. 1913-1968
ca. 460 items
Materials are in English.
Consists primarily of the correspondence
and papers of Claude Renoir, 1901-1969, film producer, together with some papers of his
better-known filmmaker brother, Jean Renoir, 1894-1979. The correspondence includes
letters between the brothers regarding both family and film matters, as well as other
business correspondence relating to the various film projects in which Claude and Jean
were involved from Nana in 1926 to Opera-Musette in 1942. There are also film scripts
and synopses by Claude and by Jean Renoir, financial documents, a film distribution
notebook, a notebook of Claude’s notes for "Cezanne," and photographs of Claude and Jean
Renoir from 1914-1968.
This collection is open for research.
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[Item], Renoir mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Claude Renoir, also known as "Coco," was the youngest son of the French Impressionist
painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and brother to the French character actor, Pierre, and
filmmaker, Jean. He married Paulette Dupre in 1923 and they had one son, Paul, born
in 1924. From 1933 through 1939, Claude was involved in film productions. He served
valiantly in the Second World War winning many decorations including the Croix de
Guerre. After the war he returned to film work, and then moved into television where
he directed several dramatic works. He retired in 1950 and then turned to making
ceramics with his son, Paul. Claude Renoir died at Antibes, France, October 19,
Scope and Content Note
Consists primarily of the correspondence and papers of Claude Renoir, 1901- , film
producer, together with some papers of his better-known filmmaker brother, Jean Renoir,
1894-1979. The correspondence includes letters between the brothers regarding both
family and film matters, as well as other business correspondence relating to the
various film projects in which Claude and Jean were involved from Nana in 1926 to
Opera-Musette in 1942. Correspondents in the collection include Pierre Braunberger,
Pierre Champagne, Andre Chauvin, John Corfield, Minoru Kano, Claude Renoir, Jean Renoir,
Pierre Renoir, and John Sutro. There are also film scripts and synopses by Claude and by
Jean Renoir, financial documents, a film distribution notebook, a notebook of Claude’s
notes for "Cezanne," and photographs of Claude and Jean Renoir from 1914-1968.
The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Films;
III. Miscellaneous; IV. Financial; V. Photographs; VI. Printed.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online
catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the
catalog using these terms.
Renoir, Claude, 1901-1969.
Renoir, Jean, 1894-1979
Renoir, Pierre, 1885-1952
Braunberger, Pierre, 1905-
Champagne, Pierre, b.1929?
Chauvin, André, 1914-
Corfield, John, b. 1893
Kano, Minoru, 1930-
Motion pictures --France.
Motion picture producers and
Motion picture producers and
directors --France --Correspondence.
Correspondence, Claude Renoir: letters to and from Claude Renoir,
Correspondence, Jean Renoir: letters primarily from Jean Renoir to
Claude and other family members; a few from Claude to Jean, 1914-1968
Military documents and papers of Jean Renoir, 1917-1922.
Arranged alphabetically by title of film.
Le Capitaine a Perdu le Nord - Sujet de Film par
Claude Renoir et Herbert Victor, 1945
Cezanne - Miscellaneous notes, script drafts and fragments about Paul
Cezanne - Notebook of Claude Renoir, with notes about Cezanne,
Cezanne – Script: Scénario de Claude Renoir Sr.;
Commentaire de Jean Renoir. T.D.,
Charleston - Scénario de Pierre Lestringuez;
Réalisé par Jean Renoir. T(carbon)D.,
Les Donneurs de Sang. Synopsis, T(carbon)D.,
Les Evasions du Colonel Pinsard. Synopsis.
Le Fiancé de Mlle Thompson. Comedie en 1 acte.
Le Jardinier d’Argenteuil. Contract for film
rights; miscellaneous notes
Le Jardinier d’Argenteuil. d’après le roman de
René Jouglet. Synopsis, T.D.,
Le Jardinier d’Argenteuil. d’après le roman de
René Jouglet. Script T.D.
Je suis au Paradis. Sujet de film de Jean
Fred-Mele. [a.k.a. "Vacances" and "Bonnes Vacances"] Script. T.D.,
Je suis au Paradis.
53 version. T(carbon)D.
(3 copies, 1 with numerous changes and annotations in ink and pencil.)
Accompanied by miscellaneous pages concerning music, expenditures, etc.
"Nana" Contacts & Agreements concerning
distribution of film, Oct 1925-Jun 1926
"Nana" concerning distribution in and outside
Opera Musette. Miscellanoeus - lists of scenes,
of actors, etc.
Plan de Travail.
10 Sep 1941
Opera - Musette. Scénario de Fernand Pouey at
René Lefevre; Dialogues de René Lefevre. Script, Jul 1941, with
corrections and changes throughout
Opera – Musette. Script, Jul
La Peur. [play] A.D.,
Settings, directions, and characters written in red ink; dialogue in purple
Les Portes de L’enfer, by André Chauvin -
La Tosca. Resume des Scenes. T(carbon)D.,
Villevieille. Synopsis. T.D.,
Yvette. Transposition Cinématographique de la
Nouvelle de Guy de Maupassant. Synopsis. T.(carbon)D.,
Unidentified synopsis or scenario, beginning “PARIS—Le Grand Palais
(extérieur)....” Characters include artist Pierre Palette, Gilbert Soyer,
Odette Chennevière, et al. T.(carbon)D.,
Some notes and annotations in ink on versos of pages.
Renoir, Claude. Identity/membership cards (2)
Renoir, C. Film projects (4)
Renoir, C. Miscellaneous notes, fragments, etc. concerning
Renoir, Jean. Miscellaneous notes, etc. concerning film
"Societé Franco Film de Distribution,"
Contract forming NEF film company, 1938
Notebook - film distribution record, 1942-1943.
"Le Paradis Terrestre," Dec 1942-Oct 1943; "La Creation du Monde," Dec 1942-Nov
1943; "Les Bêtes blanches et les Bêtes noires," Jun-Nov 1943
Travel receipts and documents for Claude Renoir, 1945
"Le Manifeste du Comité de Défense du Cinéma
Assurance des Productions de Film,
Exposé du Projet Franco – Britannique [Statement
connected with Claude Renoir, relating to a contract for joint French/English
film] T.D., undated
Miscellaneous financial documents and accounts
Photographs (snapshots) of Jean Renoir in the military, World War I
Portrait photographs of Jean Renoir (5)
Photograph album - Jean Renoir at his home in Beverly Hills,
(Renoir sent the photographs to his sister-in-law, Claude’s wife, Paulette,
ca. 1979. Included are photos of the garden, house interior and exterior
views, and of Jean, family, and pets (8))
Photographs of sets or scenes from film(s) by Jean Renoir
Lobby card for "La Règle du Jeu," de Jean Renoir
"Exposé sur la situation
financière du Cinéma Français."
Conference, 30 Jan 1945.
Le Syndicat des Techniciens de la Production Cinématographique. Various
documents relating to meetings, etc., ca. 1945-1947
Le Syndicat des Techniciens de la Production Cinématographique –
Documents relating to French cinema (2)
Various bulletins, circulars and clippings, all relating to French
cinema, ca. 1944-1948