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In this 1918 "tragicomedy, a husband's role as an unemotional observer is put to the test when his wife draws him into a duel. Including a brief appearance by five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Dangerous Liasons).


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  • Actors: Glenn Close, David Dukes, George Ede, Joel Fabiani, Clarence Felder
  • Directors: Kirk Browning
  • Writers: Luigi Pirandello, William Murray
  • Producers: Ken Campbell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BV1Z3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,238 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan on August 27, 2007
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Pirandello's "The Rules of the Game," which has nothing to do with the Renoir film of the same title, is a relatively minor entry in the Pirandello canon but it's still an intriguing and effective play.

This TV production, originally presented on PBS's Theater in America series, was based on a stage production by the Phoenix Repertory Company that played on Broadway in 1974. (And how sad is it that it's been so long since PBS has had anything like the Theater in America series?)

The main characters are Silia (Joan van Ark), who is having a long-term affair with Guido (David Dukes), while remaining obsessed with her estranged husband, Leone (John McMartin) As part of their separation agreement (this being Italy and there being no possibility of divorce), Leone must visit Silia every evening for a half-hour.

Leone has decided that the best way to win what he refers to as "the game" is to drain himself of all painful emotions and to give in without argument to what others request of him. By continually agreeing to all of Silia's requests, including when she requested a separation, he frustrates her will, which is why she remains obsessed with him.

The play has a couple of plot twists that are fairly predictable, but what makes it a pleasure is Pirandello's language, which comes through effectively even in translation. (The William Murray translation is used.) And Pirandello provides dramatic situations that give good actors a lot to work with.

As Leone, John McMartin is particularly fascinating, finding ways to make Leone seem somewhat passive while subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) tormenting Silia and Guido. That fine actor David Dukes (who died far too young) provides an excellent foil for McMartin. They play their scenes beautifully.
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Not as good as Six Characters which is Pirandello's masterwork. But still pretty good for showing the writer's earlier work. Joan van Ark plays a neurotic woman who absolutely cannot be happy. Her husband tries to facilitate her happiness; he allows her to have a lover. Can he still be a gentleman if he does this? Is he dishonored? Well, eventually.
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