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Renoir mss., ca. 1913-1968

Papers, ca. 1913-1968, of Claude Renoir at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda.

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Renoir, Claude, 1901-1969

Title
Renoir mss.,ca. 1913-1968

Collection no:
LMC 2390

Extent
ca. 460 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Purchase. 2003
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Renoir mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Biographical Note
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, 1969.

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.

Arrangement/Organization

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Films; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Financial; V. Photographs; VI. Printed.

  • Indexing Terms

  • 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.

    • Names
    • Renoir, Claude, 1901-1969.
    • Renoir, Claude, 1901-1969 --Correspondence.
    • 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-
    • Sutro, John,
    • Renoir, Jean, 1894-1979
    • Topics
    • Motion pictures --France.
    • Motion picture producers and directors --France.
    • Motion picture producers and directors --France --Correspondence.

Series: Correspondence

Box 1
Folder 1-3

Correspondence, Claude Renoir: letters to and from Claude Renoir, 1921-1968 

Box 1
Folder 4-6

Correspondence, Jean Renoir: letters primarily from Jean Renoir to Claude and other family members; a few from Claude to Jean, 1914-1968 

Box 1
Folder 7

Military documents and papers of Jean Renoir, 1917-1922. 

Series: Films

Arranged alphabetically by title of film.


Box 1
Folder 8

Le Capitaine a Perdu le Nord - Sujet de Film par Claude Renoir et Herbert Victor, 1945 

Box 1
Folder 9

Cezanne - Miscellaneous notes, script drafts and fragments about Paul Cezanne

Box 1
Folder 10

Cezanne - Notebook of Claude Renoir, with notes about Cezanne, 1958 

Box 1
Folder 11

Cezanne – Script: Scénario de Claude Renoir Sr.; Commentaire de Jean Renoir. T.D.,

17p.


Box 1
Folder 12

Charleston - Scénario de Pierre Lestringuez; Réalisé par Jean Renoir. T(carbon)D.,

2p.


Box 1
Folder 13

Les Donneurs de Sang. Synopsis, T(carbon)D.,

11p.


Box 1
Folder 14

Les Evasions du Colonel Pinsard. Synopsis. T(carbon)D.,

18p.


Box 1
Folder 15

Le Fiancé de Mlle Thompson. Comedie en 1 acte. A.D.,

30p.


Box 1
Folder 16

Le Jardinier d’Argenteuil. Contract for film rights; miscellaneous notes

Box 1
Folder 17

Le Jardinier d’Argenteuil. d’après le roman de René Jouglet. Synopsis, T.D.,

14p.

(4 copies)


Box 1
Folder 18

Le Jardinier d’Argenteuil. d’après le roman de René Jouglet. Script T.D.

Box 1
Folder 19

Je suis au Paradis. Sujet de film de Jean Fred-Mele. [a.k.a. "Vacances" and "Bonnes Vacances"] Script. T.D.,

25p.


Box 1
Folder 20

Je suis au Paradis. April [19]53  version. T(carbon)D.

23p.

(3 copies, 1 with numerous changes and annotations in ink and pencil.) Accompanied by miscellaneous pages concerning music, expenditures, etc.


Box 1
Folder 21

"Nana" Contacts & Agreements concerning distribution of film, Oct 1925-Jun 1926 

Box 1
Folder 22

"Nana" concerning distribution in and outside France, 1925-1926 

Box 1
Folder 23

Opera Musette. Miscellanoeus - lists of scenes, of actors, etc.

Box 1
Folder 24

Opera Musette. Plan de Travail. 10 Sep 1941 

Box 1
Folder 25

Opera - Musette. Scénario de Fernand Pouey at René Lefevre; Dialogues de René Lefevre. Script, Jul 1941,  with corrections and changes throughout

(Spiral bound)


Box 1
Folder 26

Opera – Musette. Script, Jul 1941. 

106p.


Box 1
Folder 27

La Peur. [play] A.D.,

10p.

Settings, directions, and characters written in red ink; dialogue in purple ink


Box 1
Folder 28

Les Portes de L’enfer, by André Chauvin - Scénario. T(carbon)D.,

47p.


Box 1
Folder 29

La Tosca. Resume des Scenes. T(carbon)D.,

28p.


Box 1
Folder 30

Villevieille. Synopsis. T.D.,

4p.


Box 1
Folder 31

Yvette. Transposition Cinématographique de la Nouvelle de Guy de Maupassant. Synopsis. T.(carbon)D.,

34p.


Box 1
Folder 32

Unidentified synopsis or scenario, beginning “PARIS—Le Grand Palais (extérieur)....” Characters include artist Pierre Palette, Gilbert Soyer, Odette Chennevière, et al. T.(carbon)D.,

28p.

Some notes and annotations in ink on versos of pages.


Series: Miscellaneous

Box 1
Folder 33

Renoir, Claude. Identity/membership cards (2)

Box 1
Folder 34

Renoir, C. Film projects (4)

Box 1
Folder 35-37

Renoir, C. Miscellaneous notes, fragments, etc. concerning film

Box 1
Folder 38

Renoir, Jean. Miscellaneous notes, etc. concerning film

Series: Financial

Box 1
Folder 39

"Societé Franco Film de Distribution," 1927 

Box 1
Folder 40

Contract forming NEF film company, 1938 

Box 1
Folder 41

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


Box 1
Folder 42

Travel receipts and documents for Claude Renoir, 1945 

Box 1
Folder 43

"Le Manifeste du Comité de Défense du Cinéma Français," 1948 

Box 1
Folder 44

Assurance des Productions de Film, undated

Box 1
Folder 45

Exposé du Projet Franco – Britannique [Statement connected with Claude Renoir, relating to a contract for joint French/English film] T.D., undated

4p.


Box 1
Folder 46

Miscellaneous financial documents and accounts

Series: Photographs

Box 1
Folder 47

Photographs (snapshots) of Jean Renoir in the military, World War I (13)

Box 1
Folder 48

Portrait photographs of Jean Renoir (5)

Box 1
Folder 49

Photograph album - Jean Renoir at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

(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))


Box 1
Folder 50

Photographs of sets or scenes from film(s) by Jean Renoir (6)

Series: Printed

Box 1
Folder 51

Lobby card for "La Règle du Jeu," de Jean Renoir

(2 copies)


Box 1
Folder 52

Chéret, Pierre. "Exposé sur la situation financière du Cinéma Français." Conference, 30 Jan 1945. 

Box 1
Folder 53

Le Syndicat des Techniciens de la Production Cinématographique. Various documents relating to meetings, etc., ca. 1945-1947 

Box 1
Folder 54

Le Syndicat des Techniciens de la Production Cinématographique – "Bulletin Périodique," 1946-1947. 

Box 1
Folder 55

Documents relating to French cinema (2)

Box 1
Folder 56

Various bulletins, circulars and clippings, all relating to French cinema, ca. 1944-1948