The Rules of the Game "A dramatic fantasy" is the understated subtitle of Jean Renoir's withering critique of France's pre-WWII aristocracy. A probing portrait of an overheated week at a… The Rules of the Game "A dramatic fantasy" is the understated subtitle of Jean Renoir's withering critique of France's pre-WWII aristocracy. A probing portrait of an overheated week at a…
DVD Review

The Rules of the Game (2004)

The Rules of the Game | 'GAME' ON This DVD is worth adding to your collection
'GAME' ON This DVD is worth adding to your collection
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Jan 20, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jan 20, 2004; Movie Rated: Unrated; With: Nora Gregor, Jean Renoir and Roland Toutain; Distributor: Janus Films

''A dramatic fantasy'' is the understated subtitle of Jean Renoir's withering critique of France's pre-WWII aristocracy. A probing portrait of an overheated week at a country chateau, The Rules of the Game might also be termed a dark comedy, a door-slamming bedroom farce, or a fatalistic tragedy. In scoring all those thematic bull's-eyes, Renoir (who also wrote the film) infused the tale with his trademark, seemingly effortless humanism while marrying the narrative to a groundbreaking use of deep focus, extended shots, and a roving camera. Quite simply one of the greatest films ever made. EXTRAS As bountiful as their subject: two documentaries on the filmmaker; audio commentary written by Renoir scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by Peter Bogdanovich; a discussion of the film's long-awaited restoration by its overseers, Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand; and scene analyses.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #747-748 Jan 23, 2004 Order article reprints
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