Homage to Hans Hurch

Toni

Jean Renoir
FRA 1935
81min
V'17

TONI had its theatrical release in 1935 and was groundbreaking. It is impossible to categorize this wonderful film as either documentary or fictional. TONI features three interwoven elements. Playing an important role are landscapes (also those shaped by people) and the camera movements used to shoot that footage as well as the rapidly passing landscape filmed from a train. TONI works like a stage play. Viewers and listeners are not supposed to be carried away but to participate.
The music of TONI, guitar sounds and singing by Italians, was mostly recorded along with images and integrated, sometimes continuing offscreen as the scene unfolded. The singing of these people from Piedmont constitutes an essential part of Renoir’s film; nothing serves as accompaniment. The aim is not so much to trigger emotions but (initially) thoughts. Although the singing stands for itself, it is inseparably linked to the narrative and – as a story of migrant workers (who came from Piedmont and other places) – to history. (Peter Nestler)

With V’09-TRAILER: FIRE & RAIN by James Benning

Credits
  • Charles Blavette - Toni
  • Celia Montalván - Josefa
  • Jenny Hélia - Marie
  • Édouard Delmont - Fernand
  • Jean Renoir
  • Carl Einstein
  • Claude Renoir
  • Marguerite Renoir
  • Suzanne de Troeye
  • Paul Bozzi
  • Leon Bourrely
Films Marcel Pagnol
Gaumont
35 mm
bw
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