The Rules of the Game

La Regle du Jeu, French drama, bw, 1939, dir: Jean Renoir, Language: French, Subtitles: Hungarian, English, 110’

Screenings

09.17. 20:00
French Institute

Directed by Jean Renoir
Screenplay by Jean Renoir, Karl Koch
Director of photography: Jean Bachelet, Alain Renoir
Music by Joseph Kosma, Roger Desormieres
Cast: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Jean Renoir, Mila Parély
Genre: drama

Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye and his wife are having a small party in their country chateau. The guests include the man’s lover and the woman’s suitor. The gentlemen comfortably hunt game driven towards them, a masked ball is arranged and they slide past each other with elegant indifference. The occasional argument flares up but this is soon smoothed over and the witty repartee flows on. This remarkable work by Jean Renoir was given a harsh reception at the time but today it is rated as one of the best films ever made. The movie that manages to put its finger on the curious mental state prevailing on the threshold of the Second World War was the inspiration behind artists such as Orson Welles, François Truffaut and Robert Altman.

La Cinémathèque française, France

Introduction by Émilie Cauquy, Head department Film access and promotion, La Cinémathèque française