The Rules of the Game [1939] [Criterion] (BLU)

Jean Renoir

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Synopsis

In French with English subtitles.

 

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules Of The Game, by Jean Renoir, is 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Mila Parely, Jean Carette, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Marcel Dalio, Gaston Modot, Roland Toutain
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 216

Special Features

  • Introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir
  • Audio commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • Comparison of the film's two endings
  • Selected-scene analysis by Renoir historian Chris Faulkner
  • Excerpts from Jean Renoir, Le Patron: La Regle Et L'Exeption (1966), a French television program by filmmaker Jacques Rivette
  • Part one of Jean Renoir, a two-part 1993 BBC documentary film critic David Thompson
  • Video essay about the film's production, release and 1959 reconstruction
  • Interview with film critic Olivier Curchod
  • Interview from a 1965 episode of the French television series Les Ecrans De La Ville in which Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand discuss their reconstruction and rerelease of the film
  • Interviews with set designer Max Douy; Renoir's son, Alain; and actress Mila Parely
  • Booklet featuring an essay by Sesonsky; writings by Jean Renoir, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bertrand Tavernier, and Francois Truffaut; and tributes to the film by J. Hoberman, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, and others
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