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The Rules of the Game

Jean Renoir

 
The Rules of the Game (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1939
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #216

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. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.

Cast

Marquis Robert de La ChesnayeMarcel Dalio
Christine de La ChesnayeNora Gregor
André JurieuxRoland Toutain
OctaveJean Renoir
Geneviève de MarrasMila Parély
Charlotte de La PlanteOdette Talazac
The generalPierre Magnier
M. de Saint-AubinPierre Nay
La BruyèreRichard Francœur
Mme La BruyèreClaire Gérard
JackieAnne Mayen
LisettePaulette Dubost
SchumacherGaston Modot
MarceauJulien Carette
CorneilleEddy Debray
CookLéon Larive
Radio reporterLise Élina
English domesticHenri Cartier-Bresson

Credits

DirectorJean Renoir
ProducerClaude Renoir Sr.
ScreenplayJean Renoir
with the collaboration ofCarl Koch
DialogueJean Renoir
Assistant directorAndré Zwobada and Henri Cartier-Bresson
Director of photographyJean Bachelet
CinematographyJacques Lemare, Jean-Paul Alphen and Alain Renoir
Production designEugène Lourié and Max Douy
EditingMarguerite Renoir
Assistant editorMarthe Huguet
SoundJoseph de Bretagne
Still photographySam Lévin
MusicMozart, Monsigny, Salabert, Saint-Saëns and Chopin
Music arranged byRoger Désormière and Joseph Kosma
Production managerPillon
AdministrationCamille François
CostumesChanel

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 Règle et l’exception (1966), a French television program by filmmaker Jacques Rivette
  • Part one of Jean Renoir, a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by 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 écrans 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 Parély
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Sesonske; writings by Jean Renoir, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bertrand Tavernier, and François Truffaut; and tributes to the film by J. Hoberman, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, and others

    New cover by Edward Sorel

Film Essays

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The Rules of the Game: Everyone Has Their Reasons

By Alexander Sesonske November 15, 2011

By February 1939, it no longer seemed evident that the surrender of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler at Munich had “saved the peace.” A sense of doom was beginning to hang over Europe. In this . . . Read more »

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The Rules of the Game: Tributes

November 16, 2011

The Rules of the Game is one of the best-loved films of all time. The following is a selection of tributes to it from writers and directors, originally included in the 2004 Criterion DVD . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Rules of the Game: Everyone Has Their Reasons

By Alexander Sesonske November 15, 2011

By February 1939, it no longer seemed evident that the surrender of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler at Munich had “saved the peace.” A sense of doom was beginning to hang over Europe. In this . . . Read more »


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10 Directors On-screen

October 12, 2011


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Revival Meeting

November 17, 2010

Our friend and coworker Sarah Finklea, of Janus Films, was one of a handful of industry experts asked by Moviemaker magazine to participate in an online roundtable about the importance and . . . Read more »


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The Rules According to Bertolucci

March 03, 2010

The Guardian has begun an exciting new short essay series called The Film That Changed My Life, and the first entry brings together two titans of cinema history. Bernardo Bertolucci writes . . . Read more »


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