Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu)
Directed by Jean Renoir
$12 / $8 Speed and Alliance Française members
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château bares 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, 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 in a gorgeous new 4K restoration. 1939, France, 4K DCP, in French with English subtitles, 106 minutes. Recommended for 14+.