The Rules According to Bertolucci

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 lovingly of Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game, whose impact on his career was immeasurable. In his brief but personal take, the Last Emperor director discusses the powerful experience of seeing Renoir’s scathing class study at a young age, as well as the French filmmaker’s admirable embrace of all his own characters, whether noble or not. Bertolucci also reminisces about meeting a quick-witted Renoir at age eighty, and reveals the homage to The Rules of the Game tucked into his 1976 epic Novecento.

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