The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) (1939)
Critic Consensus: Its genius escaped many viewers at the time, but in retrospect, The Rules of the Game stands as one of Jean Renoir's -- and cinema's -- finest works.
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as Robert de la Chesnaye
as Christine de La Chesnaye
as Genevieve de Marrast
as André Jurieu
as Andre Jurieu
as Charlotte de la Plante
as The General
as M. de Saint-Aubin
as M. La Bruyere
as Mme. La Bruyere
as Effeminate Guest
as The South American
as The Cook
as The Servant
as Kitchen Servant
as The Radio Reporter
as The English Domestic
as The Engineer from Caudron's
as Berthelin, the Huntsman
as Radio Announcer, The Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu)
The word "Mozartean"... gets thrown around a little too eagerly by critics, but one movie, as almost everyone agrees, deserves this supreme benediction -- Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game.
On the surface, a lace of flirtations, insinuations and rejections compose the basic plotting. But Renoir uses flashes of accelerating drama to amplify his bigger points.
Jean Renoir, who directs, wrote the scenario and dialog, and takes a leading role, has made a common error: he attempts to crowd too many ideas into 80 minutes of film fare, resulting in confusion.
The mobile camera seems to be a member of the party, as it follows the almost balletically choreographed movements of the cast. The effect for the audience is transcendental. We are watching life at its messiest, unfolding at its most beautiful.
A disaster when initially released, the movie's reputation has only grown since.
Audience Reviews for The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu)
Concealing a lot of complexity in its apparently simple plot, this fabulous tragicomedy (which almost got lost in History) is a witty and clever commentary on the rules of bourgeoisie and social relations - a classic of French Cinema to be seen and re-seen many times.
"The awful thing about life is this, Everyone has their reasons"
Fantastic film. I hate the rich and this is a great fuck you to them. I love the style that the film was shot in as well, with wides as if watching a play unfold. There is also the rabbit hunt which is done extremely well. Well crafted film on a lot of levels. I was also impressed with the dialogue which was funny and sharp, especially considering the time it was made.
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