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La Règle du jeu [1939] [DVD]

Marcel Dalio , Nora Gregor , Jean Renoir    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély, Odette Talazac
  • Directors: Jean Renoir
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KOWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Actually filmed at the end of the Second World War, La Régle du Jeu confused the public by its dark and modern undertone. Indeed Jean Renoir shows us through a tragic love triangle the acidic face of French society at the end of the 1930s. It was received at its French premiere with such hostility (the theatre was almost set on fire), that the distributors were granted the right to cut some of the then-offensives scenes. Booed by the public and mutilated by censorship, Renoir's black sheep has since won a share of greatness in the French cinematic pantheon. This prophetic movie is now studied in every film course, and celebrities such as Gérard Depardieu or director Emir Kusturica are open admirers of this rich piece of cinema. Rewarding an infinite number of viewings, one never gets bored with La Régle du Jeu's tale of a hunting party in Sologne (followed by a more intimate one at a castle) where masters and servants outwit each other in a game of black humour and cruelty, a work made all the more memorable because of the astounding performances of its remarkable actors. --David Mikanowski,

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Black & White, Documentary, Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: 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 understandable; at its heart, Rules of the Game is a very moral film about frequently amoral people. A comedy of manners whose wit only occasionally betrays its more serious intentions, it contrasts the romantic entanglements of rich and poor during a weekend at a country estate. André Jurieu (Roland Toutain), a French aviation hero, has fallen in love with Christine de la Chesnaye (Nora Gregor), who is married to wealthy aristocrat Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio). Robert, however, has a mistress of his own, whom he invites to a weekend hunting party at his country home, along with André and his friend Octave (played by Jean Renoir himself). Meanwhile, the hired help have their own game of musical beds going on: a poacher is hired to work as a servant at the estate and immediately makes plans to seduce the gamekeeper's wife, while the gamekeeper recognizes him only as the man who's been trying to steal his rabbits. Among the upper classes, infidelity is not merely accepted but expected; codes are breached not by being unfaithful, but by lacking the courtesy ...The Rules of the Game ( La Règle du jeu )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BFI pleeease, make it blu-ray 10 Oct 2013
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I couldn't decide whether to buy this region-2 BFI DVD or to wait for a B region blu-ray (as the only BD editions available are the french one with no subtitles, and Criterion region 1-locked). But I regret now I bought this DVD.

This is without doubt a masterpiece of cinematography, acting and narration, regardless of its age. In its uncensored version presented here, it leaves you speechless and wanting more.

But this release cannot offer you any more actually - very poor contrast, terribly unstable picture and incorrect ratio (looks like 1.78:1 instead of the correct 1.33:1 - and yes, I double-checked the TV settings).

I hope that Criterion edition looks much better than this. Anyway, it's high time to re-release this classic now in remastered HD, as well as other BFI milestones by Cocteau, Ghatak, Dreyer and others!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renoir's Masterpiece 17 Sep 2012
By Taki34
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
They say at the time of its release in 1939 that Renoir himself once said "I wanted to depict a society dancing on a volcano".........When you watch this almost comedic pre-war gem you will see exactly what he means. It's a film to be lost in.. Soak up in the wit and cynical marvel of the characters..................Not to be missed..
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best foreign picture ever goes to....... 9 Mar 2007
I first viewed this film a few years ago now, then i was amazed and confused by it. i have seen it at least 10 times since and love every viewing. the plot is genius, renoir tackling the subject of different classes. though not dividing them but showing we are all the same, striving for something better and in this case love and lust. it is poigniant, hilarious, sad, dark, i could go on... personally i rate this as the second best film of all time (nothing betters citizan kane but it is the only film that is remotely close).
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, true and touching 13 Feb 2006
By A Customer
I won't go on about it but I liked this film a lot. It is mostly a comedy about the social mores of the super rich, but it's a really well done piece of observation about different attitudes to adultery and love. I recommend it to anyone who likes well-made old films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At present this controversial 1939 French Black and White cult classic is only available on BLU RAY in the States. But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers...

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don't confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front - that won't help.

Until such time as someone like the BFI gives "The Rules Of The Game" a REGION B and C release - check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A - before you buy the pricey Criterion issue...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably the best film in the french language 21 Jan 2014
here goes. i first watched this christmas 2011. at that point in time i was getting back into french and wanted something new to watch. so a quick wikipedia search on french cinema 'claimed' this is among the best films ever made.

you would think that would be enough to buy a copy, but no - i rented it from my local library instead. i don't want to give the plot away but the there is an epic fight towards the end of the film involving the main characters - truly unmissable.

as regards language learning - on my 1st watch i only grasped maybe 20% of the french using the english subtitles which are 'old VHS style' meaning you can't remove them.

as of 2014 - i still find the french a little difficult (Just,Being,Honest).

BTW hopefully this review will balance out my other one on the most famous/notorious german film ever made.
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect film 5 July 2003
By A Customer
This is the one film that everyone should see, and that everyone should see several times. It is the best film ever made by a very long way, in a different class to the American and British pretenders.
Ostensibly, it is a triangle of love triangles, but it goes so much further. It is dark, funny, moving, deep, complex and incisive. It is a film that is not only essential on DVD, but the only one that makes it essential to own a DVD player - just so you can watch this film over and over.
Yes, it is in French, but don't let that put you off. It could be the only subtitled film you ever see (although you would be missing out on many other fine films, of course). If this were the only film (foreign or otherwise) I were ever allowed to watch for the rest of my life, I would be happy.
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35 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Film Ever Made 2 Jun 2003
By A Customer
I am delighted that at last this film is available on DVD. This is the finest film that has ever been made, streets ahead of any pretenders. If you only own one DVD, and I'm serious about this, it should be this one. In fact, I've read reviewers who recommend watching this film again every month as both therapy and education. I have seen it many times, and it just gets better and better. Yes, it is in French, but why should that stop you? It is also absolutely brilliant from start to finish in every department.
I don't want to try encapsulating the plot, because discovering it for the first time as it unwinds is something you will cherish. Then you will want to revisit it.
All I can say is that I hope the rest of Renoir's films are going to be coming out on DVD - they're not up there with this one, but they are all worth seeing. I think a lot of people will want to see more of them once they have watched this one.
What more do I need to say? It's better than the Godfather films, it's better than Star Wars, it's better than Casablanca or Pulp Fiction. If you have a DVD collection without it, then your collection is only second best.
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"The Rules of The Game" is both a dramatic and enticing film about men and women from high French society who become involved in shocking exploits of their time. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dire
Rambling, dated, not for me. Probably ok if you listen to Radio 4 all day and don't have to work. Just my opinion !
Published 20 months ago by Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars Renoir's Biting Satire
Jean Renoir's 1939 satire on the (French) class system is, for me, something of a mixed bag. It is a film which I consider to have been (certainly, historically at least) much... Read more
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Not speaking French and the film being subtitled does not of course help but, although highly rated by many, I did not personally end up feeling that this is 'one of the best films... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Personal reasons, not relevant to others
I did buy this movie for my mother because my grant aunt is the actress. This movie has a very different meaning to me and a very different motivation to buy which might not be... Read more
Published on 25 May 2010 by Alexandra Fawkes
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than predicted!
On watching it my wife decided she had ordered the wrong film. Not a promising start! However it is not bad, actually quite funny in places, quite compelling observations of the... Read more
Published on 2 April 2007 by Nutta
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