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La Règle du Jeu DVD

Jean Renoir, 1939


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Film Details

Directed by Jean Renoir

Produced in 1939

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film


Jean Renoir, Marcel Dalio, Roland Toutain


Classic Drama MoviesEuropean FilmFrench Film

MovieMail's Review

Lists of the 10 best films ever made fluctuate with fashion (just like everything else), but you can always be sure that certain titles will be there. Welles' Citizen Kane, Bergman's Wild Strawberries and Renoir's enduring masterpiece. It's amazing to consider now that this humane and intelligent comedy of manners was ignored by the public and damned by the critics in its day (not to mention the further indignity of being re-cut by the distributors). Looked at today, this picture of French society on the eve of the outbreak of World War Two remains as fresh and affecting as ever.

Barry Forshaw on 1st July 2003
Author of 630 reviews

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Film Description

Dismissed by both public and critics on its first release, re-cut by its producers and then banned by the French government as 'demoralising', La Règle du Jeu now has an established place in Top Ten greatest film lists of both critics and directors alike. On the surface a series of triangular dramas taking place over a country house weekend, the film is in fact a study in the corruption and decay of a dying social class - if not a whole society. Its reputation as one of the greatest films ever made is indisputable.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: BFI

Length: 110 mins

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 2nd June 2003

Cat No: BFIVD583

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • Includes 42 minute documentary on the making of the film.

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by Anon on 3rd September 2001

Standing simultaneously at the climax and at the end of French classical realism and epitomising all that Renoir stood for, La Regle du Jeu is much, much more than a c... Read on

by Anon on 2nd September 2000

This ‘society farce’ is about honour, class and infidelity. Its influences being the Comedie Francais and the classics of Comeille and Racene. An ensemble of players p... Read on


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