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5,368 Ratings

The Rules of the Game

La Règle du jeu

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1939
Drama, Comedy


At the onset of World War II, a weekend at a Marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The Rules of the Game is a scathing critique of corrupt French society, cloaked in a comedy of manners.

The Rules of the Game Directed by Jean Renoir
Renoir let his cast improvise during the shoot, and the dichotomy between the chaotic narrative and meticulously-planned long takes gives the picture the documentary feel that Altman film would emulate.
October 30, 2018
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Jean Renoir’s masterpiece remains the gold standard against which all ensemble dramas are measured. Renoir juggles a number of major characters and honors each one’s perspective, resulting in a group portrait in which every character is sympathetic while remaining poignantly fallible.
October 05, 2018
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Renoir’s operettalike confection is booby-trapped; stupefied revellers fixing their gaze on a player piano as it rattles out the “Danse Macabre” take their place among history’s passive victims.
April 27, 2015
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