French director Gilles Bourdos fills Renoir with the honeyed sunlight and sensuous curves of a
Pierre-Auguste Renoir canvas, yet the film is only half about the great
Impressionist. The painter’s son, future film director Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion), is convalescing from
World War I in his father’s
Walt Disney’s 1940 marriage of symphony and animation, Fantasia, is probably the most familiar artifact of a half-forgotten time when classical music occupied a more substantial place in popular culture than nowadays. The importance of this music in the lives of Americans in the ‘40s undergirds a fascinating new book, Sounds of War: Music in the United States During World...