When I was ‘teaching’ Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) I followed the American line that Gregg Toland had, alone and uninfluenced, invented ‘deep focus’. Now at last I’ve seen La règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939). Now, I don’t actually know right now whether Toland or Welles had seen Renoir’s film when they came to make Kane, but there’s no doubt that there’s nothing that Toland does with depth of field that Renoir and his cameramen had not already done two years before.
La règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)
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