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The Rules of the Game (Criterion Collection)

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Editorial Reviews

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion), 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.


Special features

High-definition digital restoration

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

Olivier Curchod Presents "The Rules of the Game,” a 2005 documentary comparing today’s 106-minute edit with Renoir’s original script

Scene analysis by Renoir historian Chris Faulkner

Excerpts from Jean Renoir, le patron: La règle et l’exception (1966), a French television program by filmmaker Jacques Rivette

Part one of Jean Renoir, a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by film critic David Thompson

Video essay about the film’s production, release, and 1959 reconstruction

1965 interview from the French television series Les écrans 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 Parély

PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by Jean Renoir, François Truffaut, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Bertrand Tavernier; an essay by Sesonske; and tributes to the film and Renoir by J. Hoberman, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, and others


Product details

  • Actors: Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parely, Odette Talazac, Jean Renoir
  • Directors: Jean Renoir
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HK13S6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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