The Rules of the Game
- Original title
La règle du jeu
- Running time
- 113 min.
Jean Renoir, Carl Koch
Roger Désormières, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny
Jean Bachelet (B&W)
Nouvelles Éditions de Films
Drama. Comedy. Romance | Hunting. French Poetic Realism
- Synopsis / Plot
- André Jurieu (Roland Toutain), a French aviation hero, has fallen in love with Christine de la Chesnaye (Nora Gregor), who is married to wealthy aristocrat Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio). Robert, however, has a mistress of his own, whom he invites to a weekend hunting party at his country home, along with André and his friend Octave (played by Jean Renoir himself). Meanwhile, the hired help have their own game of musical beds going on: a poacher is hired to work as a servant at the estate and immediately makes plans to seduce the gamekeeper's wife, while the gamekeeper recognizes him only as the man who's been trying to steal his rabbits. Among the upper classes, infidelity is not merely accepted but expected; codes are breached not by being unfaithful, but by lacking the courtesy to lie about it in public.
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