The Rules of the Game
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's landmark 1939 film The Rules of the Game is an intricate tapestry of human relationships and class dynamics set in pre-WWII France. Against the opulent backdrop of a grand countryside estate, a web of romantic entanglements and societal hypocrisy unfolds. The film revolves around a diverse ensemble, including the charismatic aviator André Jurieux, his love interest Christine, her husband Robert, and various servants and guests. As they gather for a hunting weekend, hidden desires, betrayals and social tensions come to the fore.
Why You Should See This Film
Called "the film of films" by François Truffaut and ranking at #13 in the Sight & Sound Greatest Films of All Time poll, The Rules of the Game’s influence and standing among cinephiles is so far-reaching it’s almost hard to fully quantify. Renoir’s use of deep focus and long takes inspired other great filmmakers like Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick, and the film’s complex characters, social satire and narrative structure remain near unmatched in their sophistication.
- Year: 1939
- Rating: G
- Director: Jean Renoir
- Cast: Jean Renoir, Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Roland Toutain
- Duration: 106 minutes
- Language: French with English subtitles