La regle du jeu / The Rules of the Game (1939) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
A small plane lands at Orly Airport in Paris. Its pilot, Andre Jurieu (Roland Toutain), has just recreated Charles Lindbergh's solo flight and an ecstatic crowd rushes towards him. Andre, however, tells a radio reporter that he is depressed because he made the flight for a woman and she is not even there. The woman, Christine (Nora Gregor), is not only an aristocrat but also married. The potential scandal hardly fazes her husband, the Marquis de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio), in part because he is keeping a mistress on the side and everyone but his wife knows. Husband, wife, aviator and mistress are all invited to the Marquis' country estate for a hunting weekend. As if this were not enough romantic intrigue, the Marquis forces his gamekeeper Schumacher (Gaston Modot) to hire a poacher (Julien Carette) who lives up to his profession by attempting to poach the gamekeeper's flirtatious wife. In the middle is Octave, a friend of both the pilot and Christine, who believes he is the master of these intersecting triangles but soon finds himself ensnared as well. The film's director, Jean Renoir, appropriately enough, plays the role himself. Other members of the French aristocracy, also invited for the weekend, look on, caring nothing about the immorality of infidelity as long as everyone follows the rules of the game.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:46:25 | 7.46 Gb + 7.12 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Comedy

Director: Jean Renoir
Cast: Nora Gregor, Jean Renoir, Marcel Dalio, Paulette Dubost, Roland Toutain, Pierre Magnier, Gaston Modot, Julien Carette, Mila Parely
Country: France

• New transfer with restored image and sound and new subtitles
• Introduction by Director Jean Renoir
• Commentary Written by Film Scholar Alexander Sesonske and Read by Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
• Version Comparison of two endings with shooting script
• Selected-Scene Analysis by Renoir Historian Chris Faulkner
• Excerpts from "Jean Renoir, Le Patron: La Regle et L'Exception" (1966), a French television program
• Part One of Two-Part 1993 BBC Documentary "Jean Renoir" by Film Critic David Thompson
• Video Essay About the Film's Production, Release, and 1959 Reconstruction
• Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand discuss their reconstruction and re-release of the film (1965)
• New interview with Renoir's son Alain, an assistant cameraman on the film
• New interview with set designer Max Douy
• 1995 Interview with actress Mila Parely
• Written tributes to the film and Renoir by Francois Truffaut, Paul Schrader, Bertrand Tavernier, Wim Wenders, and others

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