Jean Renoir's character in his brilliant The Rules of the Game says, "You have to understand, its the plight of all heroes today. In the air, they're terrific. But when they come back to earth, they're weak, poor, and helpless"
Without the pressure of an imminent World War his films just don't have the drive I've come to expect from him. Without that urgency, Renoir losses what I love about his art.
But that's probably my problem, not his. In any case the films aren't bad, they're just different.
We kick off a trio of his late-period works this week with The Golden Coach (1953), first in a boxset Criterion calls Stage and Spectacle as they're also all about performance and theater (and love triangles).