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The Rules of the Game -- Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir’s masterpiece The Rules of the Game (La Règle du Jeu) is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners.
The Rules of the Game -- 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' country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances.

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Director:
Writers:
Jean Renoir (scenario & dialogue)
Carl Koch (collaborator)
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Release Date:
8 April 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One of the two or three greatest films ever made in France.
Plot:
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
One of the All-Time Classics See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Nora Gregor ... Christine de la Cheyniest (as Nora Grégor)

Paulette Dubost ... Lisette, sa camériste
Mila Parély ... Geneviève de Marras
Odette Talazac ... Madame Charlotte de la Plante
Claire Gérard ... Madame de la Bruyère
Anne Mayen ... Jackie, nièce de Christine
Lise Elina ... Radio-Reporter (as Lise Élina)

Marcel Dalio ... Marquis Robert de la Cheyniest (as Dalio)
Julien Carette ... Marceau, le braconnier (as Carette)
Roland Toutain ... André Jurieux
Gaston Modot ... Edouard Schumacher, le garde-chasse

Jean Renoir ... Octave
Pierre Magnier ... Le général
Eddy Debray ... Corneille, le majordome
Pierre Nay ... Monsieur de St. Aubin
Richard Francoeur ... Monsieur La Bruyère (as Francoeur)
Léon Larive ... Le cuisinier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolas Amato ... L'invité sud-américain (uncredited)
Henri Cartier-Bresson ... Le domestique anglais (uncredited)
Celestin ... Le garçon de cuisine (uncredited)
Tony Corteggiani ... Berthelin (uncredited)
Geo Forster ... Un invité (uncredited)
Roger Forster ... L'invité efféminé (uncredited)
Camille François ... Le speaker (uncredited)
Jenny Hélia ... La servante (uncredited)
André Zwoboda ... L'ingénieur (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
Jean Renoir (scenario & dialogue)

Carl Koch (collaborator) (as Koch)

Produced by
Jean Renoir .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Joseph Kosma 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Paul Alphen  (as Alphen)
Jean Bachelet  (as Bachelet)
Jacques Lemare 
Alain Renoir 
 
Film Editing by
Marthe Huguet  (as Mme Huguet)
Marguerite Renoir  (as Marguerite)
 
Production Design by
Max Douy  (as Douy)
Eugène Lourié  (as Lourié)
 
Costume Design by
Coco Chanel  (as La Maison Chanel)
 
Makeup Department
Ralph .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Camille François .... production supervisor
Raymond Pillon .... unit manager (as Pillon)
Claude Renoir .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henri Cartier-Bresson .... assistant director (as Henri Cartier)
André Zwoboda .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound engineer (as De Bretagne)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Levin .... still photographer
Jean Mousselle .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Roger Desormière .... conductor: Mozart and Monsigny (as Roger Desormières)
Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny .... music by (as Monsigny)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart .... music by (as Mozart)
 
Other crew
Dido Freire .... script girl (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La règle du jeu" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
110 min | USA:106 min (DVD version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (VHS rating) | Finland:K-7 (2014) (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (1962) | Finland:S (1953) (2012) | France:U (Visa #266) | Netherlands:9 (2009) (DVD) | South Korea:12 (2004) | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:PG (1992) | UK:A (1946) | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Despite now being considered by historians to be one of the best films ever made, the picture almost became a lost art. Claiming that it was bad for the morale of the country (due to impending war), the French government banned the film about a month after its original release. When Germany took over France the following year, it was banned by the Nazi party as well, who also burnt many of the prints. Allied planes then accidentally destroyed the original negatives. It was thought to be a lost picture. In 1956, some followers of director Jean Renoir found enough pieces of the film scattered throughout France to reconstitute it with Renoir's help. Renoir claimed only one minor scene from the original cut was missing.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When the party first arrives at the château, a boom shadow falls on the back of the head of the old white haired guy standing there.See more »
Quotes:
Octave:I want to disappear down a hole.
Robert de la Cheyniest:Why's that?
Octave:So I no longer have to figure out what's right and what's wrong.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Accident (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
Nous avons l'vé l'piedSee more »

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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
One of the All-Time Classics, 14 March 2004
Author: RobertF87 from Scotland

I'm sure that pretty much anyone who decides to watch this film will be aware of it's status among many critics as one of the greatest films ever made. It may not be exactly that, but it is still a very good movie.

The basic story involves a group of wealthy French aristocrats getting together for a weekend's hunting party at a country chateau just before the start of World War 2. However it's not long before the guests, their hosts and the servants are involved in some complex romantic problems.

The film is beautifully made. Every shot is perfectly well composed and filmed. The film's director, Jean Renoir, was the son of the famous Impressionist painter Auguste Renoir, and Jean Renoir certainly had a good painter's eye himself.

The film depicts a world of casual cruelty and betrayal hidden behind it's polite and civilised facade. Everyone has to play by the iron-bound social rules ("the rules of the game") and those who don't, suffer for it.

Cynical, but often very amusing, this film provoked riots when it premiered in France in a severely shortened form. It exists in various different lengths. The version I saw was a restored 110 minute version on DVD.

This is a film that will not be to all tastes, but it is required viewing for all fans of French cinema or for anyone interested in the history of world cinema.

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