Jean Renoir (1894–1979), the son of the painter Auguste Renoir, was born in Paris, grew up in the south of France, and served as a cavalryman and pilot during World War I. He directed his first film, La Fille de l’eau
, in 1925 and followed it with many others, including his masterpieces Grand Illusion
(1937) and The Rules of the Game
(1939). In 1975 Jean Renoir received an Academy Award for his lifetime contribution to the cinema.