Monday, 3 September 2012

La regle du jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939)

Director: Jean Renoir
Writer: Jean Renoir (Scenario and Dialogue) Carl Koch (Collaborator)
Starring: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parely

Story: Aristocrats and their help hole up in a chateau for a hunting weekend, what ensues is a intertwining relationships, infidelity and chaos.

Verdict: Renior's look at the oblivious upper-class society during the lead up to World War II is a masterpiece in social observation. He manages to weave a beautiful piece of human behaviour as the guests get mixed up in their own lust and infidelity as they scramble over each other to try and gain the upper hand. What I love most about this film is how Renoir manages to integrate the servants and their master's in the same game which put's everyone on an even playing field when it comes down to human emotion and shows the raw behaviour of mankind as a typical animalistic nature. My only gripe with the film, and this is bearing in mind the era of society I live in today, is how blasé everyone reacted when the truth came out about everyone's infidelity. I'm not sure that even if the 30's people could get away with murder the way one of the character's did in the film. 

The cinematography is of a standard that the film is constantly on list's of films to watch if you were ever studying film in University. Particular standout's include the guests getting ready for bed with the camera wonderfully lingering on the hallway as the actor's muck around before putting their nightcaps on, and a dinner scene where the help discuss the relationship's of the aristocrats.

Overall I would definitely recommend if you are interested in expanding your movie palette, with Renoir's movie obviously inspiring films such as Carnage and Six Degrees of Separation. 

Rating 8/10


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