The Rules of the Game 4K 07/04/23
When does a comedy of manners stop flattering the audience, and begin criticizing it? Jean Renoir’s acknowledged masterpiece was rejected on its premiere in 1939, when France society was too nervous to find humor in its satirical needling. It remains one of the most genuinely sophisticated movies of its kind. Everyone shares in the same hypocrisy and “Everybody has their reasons,” yet Renoir and his co-scenarist Carl Koch insist on framing the characters as warm and human. It’s the ‘Proud and The Petty’ versus the ‘Disgruntled and The Disillusioned.’ The latest restoration is from 2021. On 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.