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The Rules Of The Game: The Criterion Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 106 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: French
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Disc 1:
    Introduction To The Film By Director Jean Renoir
    Audio Commentary Written By Film Scholar Alexander Sesonske and Read By Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
    Comparison Of The Film's Two Endings
    Selected-Scene Analysis by Renoir Historian Chris Faulkner

    Disc 2:
    Excerpts From Jean Renoir, Le Patron: La Regle Et L'Exception (1966), A French Television Program By Filmmaker Jacques Rivette
    Part One Of Jean Renoir, A Two-Part 1993 BBC Documentary By Film Critic David Thompson
    Video Essay About The Film's Production, Release, and 1959 Reconstruction
    Interview With Film Critic Olivier Curchod
    Interview From A 1965 Episode Of The French Television Series Les Ecrans De La Ville In Which Jean Gaborit And Jacques Durand Discuss Their Reconstruction and Rerelease Of The Film
    Interviews With Set Designer Max Douy; Renoir's Son, Alain; and Actress Mila Parely
    A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Sesonske; Writings By Jean Renoir, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bertrand Tavernier, and Francois Truffaut; and Tributes To The Film By J. Hoberman, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, and Others
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules Of The Game (La Règle Du Jeu), by Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion), is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners, in which a weekend at a marquis's countryside chateau lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haute bourgeois acquaintances. The film was a victim of tumultuous history-it was subjected to cuts after premiere audiences rejected it 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.
 
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