Screens as part of the 2011 New Orleans French Film Festival at the Prytania Theatre:
Sunday, July 10, at 2:30 p.m.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made (and ranked in Sight and Sound magazine’s most recent poll of international critics as numero deux in the history of world cinema, right behind the inevitable Citizen Kane —not-too-shabby), Jean Renoir’s masterpiece, The Rules of the Game, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners. On the eve of WWII, a gaggle of the swells of French Society are gathered at the country estate of a marquis for a weekend of amusements and, less amusing, to hunt grouse and rabbit; but soon it is the masters and servants begin chasing and shooting at each other.
The Rules of the Game is “derived” from Alfred de Musset’s Les Caprices de Marianne. With the marvelous Marcel Dalio as the Marquis and Renoir lui-meme as his copain, the irrepressible Octave. Chanel did the costumes and Cartier-Bresson served as assistant director. Although the original negative was destroyed during WWII, the version NOFS is screening as this year’s French film classic is the fully reconstructed version.