Born On This Day — September 15, 1894

Curt Courant and Jean Renoir shooting 'La Bête Humaine' (1938)
Curt Courant and Jean Renoir shooting La Bête Humaine (1938)

The real source of happiness, not just in the cinema but in any kind of human endeavor, is the fact of creating. Once a thing is done, well, it’s done. Of course it’s very nice to be applauded by audiences and very unpleasant to be booed: I’ll admit that’s important, but not that important. The real thing, the real intoxication if I may call it that, is in the act of creation: that’s what matters, whether one is creating an apple pie, a film, a child or a painting.

—Jean Renoir