THE RULES OF THE GAME
LA REGLE DU JEU
1939, Janus Films, 110 min, France, Dir: Jean Renoir

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's seminal upstairs-downstairs portrait is at once a lyrically light comedy of manners and a damning critique of French upper-crust society. A weekend hunting party at the sprawling country home of Marquis Robert de la Cheyniest (Marcel Dalio) proves disastrous as the party's invitees - and the manor's waitstaff - harbor secrets from each other, and engage in increasingly messy trysts and tête-à-têtes, set against the background of a lovelorn aviator's welcome-home celebration. In French with English subtitles.


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