The Rules of the Game (La Regle du Jeu)

The Rules of the Game (La Regle du Jeu)


Listed as one of Sight and Sound’s top 10 films of all time, Rules of the Game was banned when first released as it was labelled ‘too demoralising’ and was only made available in its original form some 17 years later. A group of aristocrats gather for rural time out at a lavish country Chateau. In between hunting, servant dramas unfold downstairs while upstairs romantic encounters and deception go on between husbands, wives, mistresses and lovers. Comedy and melancholy combine in this examination of class division.

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

The Rules of the Game (La Regle du Jeu)

  • Director: Jean Renoir
  • Year: 1939
  • Run Time: 110 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: France
  • Rating: G