Subsequently the original negative of the film was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid. 1984: Lettres d'Amérique (Dido Renoir & Alexander Sesonske eds. " He concluded his memoirs with the words he had often spoken as a child "Wait for me Gabrielle.
His pictures Grand Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939) are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made. As a film director and actor he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s.