The Rules of the Game

13041067_542555809249438_7171550316461442564_oConsidered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), directed by Jean Renoir in 1939 (son of iconic painter Auguste Renoir) with costumes by Coco Chanel, it 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. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939—a member of the audience tried to set fire to the theater), and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.

Streaming on