The Rules of the Game (1939)

Jean Renoir

Main cast
Nora Gregor; Paulette Dubost; Mila Parély; Odette Talazac; Claire Gérard

Drama, Comedy, Romance

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959.

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