Rules Of The Game, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1939) / Region A
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Rules Of The Game, The: The Criterion Collection

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules Of The Game, by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners, in which a weekend at a marquis's countryside chateau lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haute bourgeois acquaintances. The film was a victim of tumultuous history-it was subjected to cuts after premiere audiences rejected it 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.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 16 2011
  • Production Year 1939
  • Empire SKU 1584157
  • UPC Code 715515088619
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir
Audio commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
Comparison of the film's two endings
Selected-scene analysis by Renoir historian Chris Faulkner
Excerpts from Jean Renoir, Le Patron: La Regle Et L'Exeption (1966), a French television program by filmmaker Jacques Rivette
Part one of Jean Renoir, a two-part 1993 BBC documentary film critic David Thompson
Video essay about the film's production, release and 1959 reconstruction
Interview with film critic Olivier Curchod
Interview from a 1965 episode of the French television series Les Ecrans De La Ville in which Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand discuss their reconstruction and rerelease of the film
Interviews with set designer Max Douy; Renoir's son, Alain; and actress Mila Parely
Booklet featuring an essay by Sesonsky; writings by Jean Renoir, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bertrand Tavernier, and Francois Truffaut; and tributes to the film by J. Hoberman, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, and others

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    French PCM Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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