The Rules of the Game ()

La règle du jeu (original title)
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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.


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Christine de la Cheyniest (as Nora Grégor)
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)
Marquis Robert de la Cheyniest (as Dalio)
Marceau, le braconnier (as Carette)
Roland Toutain ...
André Jurieux
Edouard Schumacher, le garde-chasse
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)
Jacques Beauvais ...
Adolphe, un domestique (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)
Maurice Marceau ...
Un garde-chasse (uncredited)
Marcel Melrac ...
Célestin, l'aide cuisinier (uncredited)
André Zwoboda ...
L'ingénieur (uncredited)

Directed by

Jean Renoir

Written by

Jean Renoir ... (scenario & dialogue)
Carl Koch ... (collaborator) (as Koch)

Produced by

Jean Renoir ... producer (uncredited)

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 Sr. ... production manager (as Claude Renoir)

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

Jules Baldran ... lyrics: additional music
Louis Byrec ... composer: additional music
Roger Desormière ... conductor: Mozart and Monsigny (as Roger Desormières)
Léopold Gangloff ... composer: additional music
Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny ... music by (as Monsigny)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... music by (as Mozart)
Eugène Rimbault ... lyrics: additional music

Other crew

Dido Freire ... script girl (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

On the brink of WWII, the record-breaking aviator, André Jurieux, safely lands at a small airport crammed with reporters, only to come face to face with his worst fear: the object of his desire, Christine--a blonde noblewoman and wife of the affluent Marquis de la Cheyniest, Robert--is not there to greet him. Intent on winning her back, André accepts his friend Octave's invitation for a lavish hunting weekend at the aristocrat's palatial country estate at La Coliniere, among hand-picked guests and the mansion's servants; however, intrigue, rivalries, and human weaknesses threaten to expose both royalty and paupers alike. Who will breach the unwritten rules of the game? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines One of the two or three greatest films ever made in France. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Rules of the Game (World-wide, English title)
  • The Rules of the Game (United States)
  • La Règle du Jeu (United Kingdom)
  • Die Spielregel (Germany)
  • La regla del juego (Spain)
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  • 110 min
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Budget FRF5,500,500 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 When the hunting party starts, the animals (notably the rabbits) barely move. Even when the beaters are close to them, they move at the last moment. This because the animals were not wild as the plot required, but actually bred in captivity and hence used to human presence. For information, the killing is real: many animals died during the movie. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Seul le cinéma (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Dreizehn deutsche Tänze, K. 605, No. 1 See more »
Quotes Octave: The awful thing about life is this: Everybody has their reasons.
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