The Rules Of The Game – Criterion {1st Edition Release} [DVD] (1939) *VERY RARE NEW*

The Rules Of The Game – Criterion {1st Edition Release} [DVD] (1939) *VERY RARE NEW*


Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, and Criterion is very proud to present the film in a special two-disc edition. Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests-which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs. The refusal of one of the guests to play by society’s rules sets off a chain of events that ends in tragedy.

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In this melancholy French social satire, André (Roland Toutain) is having an affair with Christine (Nora Gregor), whose husband, Robert (Marcel Dalio), himself is hiding a mistress. Meanwhile Christine's married maid, Lisette (Paulette Dubost), is romantically entangled with the local poacher. At a hunting party, trusted friend Octave (Jean Renoir) also confesses his feelings for Christine, as the passions of the servants and aristocrats dangerously collide.
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Directed by Jean Renoir
Produced by Claude Renoir
Jean Jay
Written by Jean Renoir
Carl Koch
Starring Nora Gregor
Paulette Dubost
Marcel Dalio
Roland Toutain
Jean Renoir
Music by Joseph Kosma
Roger Désormière(Musical arrangement)
Cinematography Jean Bachelet
Edited by Marguerite Renoir
Nouvelle Édition Française
Distributed by The Gaumont Film Company (1939 French release)
Les Grands Films Classiques (1959 re-release)
Release date
  • 7 July 1939


Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget ₣5,500,500

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Weight 0.9 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 1.0 × 7.3 in


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