December 4, 1913|
|Died||September 5, 1993
Troyes, Aube, Champagne, France
Claude Renoir (December 4, 1913 – September 5, 1993) was a French cinematographer. He was the son of actor Pierre Renoir, the nephew of director Jean Renoir, and the grandson of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
He was born in Paris, his mother being actress Véra Sergine. He was apprenticed to Boris Kaufman, a brother of Dziga Vertov, who much later worked in the United States on such films as On the Waterfront (1954). Renoir was the lighting cameraman on numerous pictures such as Monsieur Vincent (1947), Jean Renoir's The River (1951), Cleopatra (1963), Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968), and the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). At the time of Claude Renoir's death, The Times of London wrote of The River that "its exquisite evocation of the Indian scene, helped to inaugurate a new era in the cinema, one in which color was finally accepted as a medium fit for great film makers to work in."
He also participated in the making of The Mystery of Picasso (1956), the documentary on painter Pablo Picasso directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. He was the cinematographer for The Crucible (1957) and lived in East Germany during filming. Renoir's career came to a close in the late 1970s, as he was rapidly losing sight. In his final years he was largely blind.
Renoir sometimes worked on the same films as his uncle and namesake Claude Renoir ainé (senior), nicknamed 'Coco', (1901–69), and many reference sources (including IMDb) combine the career credits of the two men as if they were the same person.
- Toni (1935)
- Serenade (1940)
- Jericho (1946)
- The Ideal Couple (1946)
- Dilemma of Two Angels (1948)
- One Life (1958)
- Une femme fidèle (1976)
- Moonraker (1979)
- Some sources, such as Ginette Vincendeau's Encyclopedia of European Cinema, London: Cassell/BFI, 1995, p.328 indicate 1914 as his year of birth
- see Eric Pace "Claude Renoir, 79, A Cinematographer With a Painter's Eye", New York Times, 13 September 1993
- Signoret, Simone (1978). Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be. Harper & Row. p. 139. ISBN 0-06-013986-2.
- "Renoir mss., ca. 1913-1968", Indiana University Online Archives