The Rules of the Game
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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.
Renoirs great classic
For anyone who appreciates great visuals and sophisticated humor, this groundbreaking film, influential for generations of filmmakers to follow, is a must.
Ridiculous, French Nonsense
This is a lengthy, and rather forced, effort to justify infidelity by dismissing the permanent devastation it causes as merely some momentary unpleasantness, which always results in greater happiness for all. If you believe that infidelity is your best bet at achieving happiness, and you're looking for something that will make you feel justified in that belief, then here's your movie: A Fairy Tale for Cheaters.