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Rules of the Game, The ( règle du jeu, La ) (1939) Movie Reviews

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11/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

La folie, la folie.

La règle du jeu could be the most multi-layered film I have ever seen. If you take it apart, line after line, you can see hints of just about everything hidden and masqueraded.

A wonderfully satirical view of the French bourgeoisie on the brim of the Second World War. It's the first French movie that I have grown to love and appreciate, because of its self-awareness.
Often, films like 'A bout de souffle' become very lost in their own little worlds. Plus, I hate it when every second shot in the movie is the Eiffel Tower.

In The Rules of the Game, this attitude is not only portrayed in such a light-hearted and witty manner, but celebrated and furthered through its excellent actors.
I couldn't decide which character I loved the most in this hilarious story of love, wealth, adultery a...

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05/06/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Rules of the Game review

"Society has strict rules" as Octave mentioned. Definitely a film ahead of its time in terms of playing a satire of the upper/lower class and mocking its protagonists. An influential complex romantic comedy drama with lots of subplots. It starts of slow for excellent character development but the humor, core, direction, performances and dialogues were spotless from beginning to the ironic conclusion. André Jurieux becomes a hero but is saddened by his lovers lack of support and announces it on the radio live. He almost kills himself with Mr. Octave. Octave informs Christine about the actions of his friend. Octave and Lisette were very likable characters, Robert a great host and the rest of the support were fabulous.

One of the very best screenplays this critic has witnessed. Ex...

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