The Rules of the game = La Regle du jeu

France, 1939

Film
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On its initial release Renoir’s masterwork was greeted with contempt by critics, hostility by audiences and banned by the French government as “subversive” and “demoralising”. This restored version, put together under Renoir’s direction, makes available again one of the most acclaimed films ever made. A group of wealthy aristocratic and bourgeois Parisians holiday at their friend’s country chateau. There, as their amoral relationships turn alternately tragic or absurd, their lives and class are revealed as ultimately empty and decaying. Featuring some of the most beautifully constructed and edited sequences in film, Renoir’s direction - though seemingly understated - manages to convey the richness and complexity of a whole era and class: an era that World War II was to bring to an end. In French with English subtitles.

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Credits

director

Jean Renoir

producer

Claude Renoir

production company

Nouvelle Edition Francaise

Duration

01:50:00:00

Production places
France
Production dates
1939

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303630

Languages

English

French

Audience classification

PG

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Wikidata

Q748599

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