La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game)
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La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game)
Now often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's La Règle du jeu/Rules of the Game was not warmly received on its original release in 1939: audiences at its opening engagements in Paris were openly hostile, responding to the film with shouts of derision, and distributors cut the movie from 113 minutes to a mere 80. It was banned as morally perilous during the German occupation and the original negative was destroyed during WWII. It wasn't until 1956 that Renoir was able to restore the film to its original length. In retrospect, this reaction seems both puzzling and… More

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"The mobile camera seems to be a member of the party, as it follows the almost balletically choreographed movements of the cast. The effect for the audience is transcendental. We are watching life at its messiest, unfolding at its most beautiful."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"There are about a dozen genuine miracles in the history of cinema, and one of them is Jean Renoir's supreme 1939 tragi-comedy The Rules of the Game."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"...has an attitude of empathetic enlightenment that remains a rarity."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"[VIDEO]...a scathing satirical dissection of bourgeois mores and the use of manners to mask its frequently adulterous, and sometime lethal, sins."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A great film because of the way it moves beyond social commentary to show how each character, rich and poor, is isolated and at the same time unified by his fears and needs. We're all in a class by ourselves."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A disaster when initially released, the movie's reputation has only grown since."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"What ultimately defines the film, what makes it unforgettable, is its tragic gravity."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"... at once savage social satire and a compassionate comedy of manners with a sour undercurrent."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"A scathing attack on the show of feeling by a murderously superficial elite . . . the more you watch it, the more Renoir's masterwork reflects the cold, hard truth%u2014The Rules of the Game still apply."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The digitally restored print showing in theaters is worth seeing. If it doesn't come to your town, then look for it to show up on IFC in its tribute to Janus Films or buy or rent the Criterion Collection DVD. However you see this masterpiece, you absol"
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Even if you think you know it, see it again for its newly rediscovered depth of field, and even more, for its infinite wellsprings of character and empathy."
‑ Leslie Camhi, L.A. Weekly
"[The film] is a comedy, a tragedy, a portrait of class manners, a love story of touching caprice (who will Nora Grégor's Christine fall for? Whoever woos her at the right moment), and far and away the cinema's greatest midsummer night's dream."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A film that I adore and worship with religious fervor, one of the small handful of movies that I have never been able to exhaust."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Welcome to The Rules of the Game, Jean Renoir's delightful, frothy, bittersweet masterpiece about romance, class and manners."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Jean Renoir's classic 1939 satire hasn't lost any of its ability to both shock and enlighten."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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