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Renoir and political cinema

by Kate Fortmueller

La Vie est à Nous is an example of Jean Renoir's politically engaged cinema. Renoir was part of a group called the Popular Front, a group who championed the rights of workers and the idea that art (in this case film) should be politically engaged. This sequence depicts a man who is taken in by Communists while waiting in a bread line. This demonstrates that these films were not only political in their message, but that they should take up social problems.

La Vie est à Nous (Life Belongs to Us) (1936) - Bread line

In this sequence a man in a bread line gets taken in by Communists.

from La Vie est à Nous (Life Belongs to Us) (1936)
Creator: Jean Renoir
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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