The Rules of the Game

The Rules of the Game

dir. Jean Renoir, France, 1939, 35mm, French with English subtitles, 106 min.

Introduced by Leonard Guercio, Temple University

The cinematic image, regardless of aspect ratio, is always a frame or perspective through which filmmakers present the visual information they want us to see and know. In a brief introduction to the film, Philadelphia filmmaker and Temple University Film Tech Specialist Len Guercio will present a point-of-view on the notion and use of mise-en-scène in Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic film The Rules of the Game.

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) 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, 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.

$7.00 - $9.00


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