The rules of the game

The rules of the game

DVD - 2011 | French
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A scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners, in which a weekend at a marquis's countryside chateau lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haute bourgeois acquaintances. The film was a victim of tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after premiere audiences rejected it in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II. It wasn't reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.
Alternative Title: Règle du jeu [videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, [2011]
Edition: DVD ed.
ISBN: 9781604655209
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (106 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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THUD55 Jun 10, 2016

this movie is like a French version of Downton Abbey. the comedy bits in this movie were not as good as a Marx Brothers film (Night at the Opera or Duck Soup) but they were ok. this movie did not portray French society in a good light so I can see why some people at the premiere in Paris reacted badly to it. I enjoyed it but don't think it is a masterpiece.

May 19, 2015

I somehow missed ever seeing it before. I rather liked it - and appreciated the comparisons of the shorter and longer versions.

Mar 22, 2014

A cinematic masterpiece by a true film auteur, Jean Renoir, deals with the social classes of the mid 1930's era. This is brilliant satire at its best and was very well acted. Each comedic element falls into place.

Jul 08, 2013

A very dated, black-and-white film by renowned French director Jean Renoir. For film school students only.

f2start Mar 27, 2013

Peculiarities of the practices of corrupt societies --- including the french people should be of interest to most open minded poples searching to understand historical periods -- especially the french who have been at it sin the beheading of Louis and Maries-Antoinette--

Green_Bird_203 Dec 18, 2012

Waste of time. Totally over-rated.

Sep 06, 2012

Sorry, Mr. Renoir. I already read The Great Gatsby.

jpdanzig Aug 18, 2012

When one needs an explanation why a "classic" film is deemed a classic -- one has to question whether the film is truly an enduring classic. Roger Ebert sheds some light on the issue, praising the deep focus on display here as in Citizen Kane, plus the uproar the film produced in 1939, depicting the French upper crust as a gaggle of vain, narcissistic twits on the eve of WWII. Does this film illuminate the human condition for an audience in 2012? In my view, no. For students of film only.


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