"The Rules of the Game" is on many critics' list of greatest films, and rightfully so. It's a richly textured examination of a privileged society rife with hypocrisy and moral apathy that extends from the mightiest tycoon down to the lowest servant. Renoir's expert direction is a feast for the eyes as he manipulates light and shadow in order to guide your attention from frame to frame. It is a film that plays on two levels: the action in the background giving an ironic twist to the story unfolding in the foreground. A classic.
this movie is like a French version of Downton Abbey. the comedy bits in this movie were not as good as a Marx Brothers film (Night at the Opera or Duck Soup) but they were ok. this movie did not portray French society in a good light so I can see why some people at the premiere in Paris reacted badly to it. I enjoyed it but don't think it is a masterpiece.
I somehow missed ever seeing it before. I rather liked it - and appreciated the comparisons of the shorter and longer versions.
A cinematic masterpiece by a true film auteur, Jean Renoir, deals with the social classes of the mid 1930's era. This is brilliant satire at its best and was very well acted. Each comedic element falls into place.
A very dated, black-and-white film by renowned French director Jean Renoir. For film school students only.
Peculiarities of the practices of corrupt societies --- including the french people should be of interest to most open minded poples searching to understand historical periods -- especially the french who have been at it sin the beheading of Louis and Maries-Antoinette--
Waste of time. Totally over-rated.
Sorry, Mr. Renoir. I already read The Great Gatsby.
When one needs an explanation why a "classic" film is deemed a classic -- one has to question whether the film is truly an enduring classic. Roger Ebert sheds some light on the issue, praising the deep focus on display here as in Citizen Kane, plus the uproar the film produced in 1939, depicting the French upper crust as a gaggle of vain, narcissistic twits on the eve of WWII. Does this film illuminate the human condition for an audience in 2012? In my view, no. For students of film only.
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