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185 Ratings

The Woman on the Beach

Directed by Jean Renoir
United States, 1947
Drama, Romance, Film noir


A Coast Guardsman suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.

The Woman on the Beach Directed by Jean Renoir

Critics reviews

This critic mostly agree with Kael that his last Hollywood film is “an over-aestheticized, interesting failure,” but one could argue that’s even more reason to see it on the big screen.
April 24, 2015
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One of the cinema’s great what-ifs—retooled after an unsuccessful preview, Renoir’s original version is now thought lost forever—it remains, even in its compromised form, a singular testament to the director’s artistry. Clunky exposition and narrative gaps can’t obscure the feverish emotions inflecting image after image; no less an authority than Jacques Rivette pronounced it "pure cinema.
January 28, 2015
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[Renoir], living in California in self-imposed exile from France, cuts loose with vicious moods and creative rages that feel like the destruction of an old world and the violent birth of new possibilities.
April 30, 2014
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