La Règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939)

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Released 5-Sep-2006
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Hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, director Jean Renoir’s infamous La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of The Game) is a scathing indictment of French society on the eve of WW II. Heavily censored, and then banned outright (both by the French and the Nazis), Renoirs’ country house comedy of manners utilizes a labyrinthine plot and virtuoso deep focus cinematography to depict amorous intrigue, and tragedy, among a group of French aristocrats oblivious to a disastrous war.

La Règle du Jeu unfolds at a weekend shooting party at the château of Robert de la Chesnaye and his wife Christine, where the guests include Robert’s mistress Genevieve, and André, an aviator who is in love with Christine. An upstairs downstairs bedroom farce ensues, with lovers and adulterers, masters and servants, playing out the morally bankrupt rules of the game.

While the original negative was destroyed during the War, this fully restored print finally allows cinema lovers to savour the genius of Jean Renoir’s cinematic masterwork.

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Starring
Nora Gregor
Paulette Dubost
Mila Parély
Odette Talazac
Claire Gérard
Anne Mayen
Lise Elina
Marcel Dalio
Julien Carette
Roland Toutain
Gaston Modot
Jean Renoir
Pierre Magnier
Directed by
Jean Renoir
Music
Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Frédéric Chopin
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Layer
Drama 1939 102 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
Video
Full Frame
Audio
French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
Subtitles
English
Extras
Main Menu Audio, Featurette-Making Of-Image Par Image, Trailer-Wages Of Fear, Obsessione, I Vitelloni, the Bicycle Thief, Introduction-To The Film By Jean Renoir
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