Concealing a lot of complexity in its apparently simple plot, this fabulous tragicomedy (which was almost lost in History) is a witty and smart commentary on the rules of the bourgeoisie and social relations. A classic of the French Cinema to be seen and re-seen many times.
Now often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's La Règle du jeu/Rules of the Game was not warmly received on its original release in 1939: audiences at its opening engagements in... read more
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
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October 20, 2012
September 30, 2009
A classic from Renoir. The interplay between the wonderful bourgeois upper class characters just before the second world war has never been matched. It's been copied countless times but has never been bettered in my opinion!
July 16, 2009
"The awful thing about life is this, Everyone has their reasons"
June 19, 2009
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 impresse...
November 18, 2008
widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, this one falls a bit flat for me. i understand the commentary renoir was attempting, but the cinematography and acting were bland and the editing was distracting. it deserves a decent score for the fact that high society ...
May 2, 2013fb721890245
I hope I managed to see the restored director's cut but even if it was not, I still appreciated the camera work in this film. The humour only serves to punctuate the tragedy.
November 30, 2013fb208103125
Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game was a critical and commercial failure upon it's release in 1939 and it wasn't for another 20 years when it would be restored to the original length and earn the success and appraisal it does now. The film is a series of long shots and a focus ...
July 20, 2012
The Rules of the Game goes down as an instant classic, much like the effect Citizen Kane or The Godfather had on me. Although the first bit of the movie is quite confusing, once you learn the faces and names of the characters, The Rules of the Game is a masterpiece. The character...
October 2, 2007
November 26, 2006
Rich French classic for which my appreciation should only grow.
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