The rules of the game original french title la regle du jeu is a 1939 french comedy drama satirical film directed by jean renoir it features an ensemble cast of nora gregor paulette dubost mila parely marcel dalio julien carette roland toutain gaston modot pierre magnier and jean renoir himself. A bourgeois life in france at the onset of world war ii as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a french chateau. Ive seen jean renoirs the rules of the game in a campus film society at a repertory theater and on laserdisc and ive even taught it in a film class but now i realize ive never really seen it at all this magical and elusive work which always seems to place second behind citizen kane in. Considered one of the greatest films ever made the rules of the game la regle du jeu by jean renoir is a scathing critique of corrupt french society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis country chateau lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The rules of the game goes down as an instant classic much like the effect citizen kane or the godfather had on me although the first bit of the movie is quite confusing once you learn the
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