February 15, 2022

BAPL Film Club – Rules of the Game (1939)

Date(s) - 02/15/2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. (Criterion Collection).

Each month we pick a culturally significant film for library patrons to watch.Watch the film on your own time, then meet with our virtual film club to discuss the film on Zoom. Registration is required.  Last day to register is February 13th. Email invitations for Zoom will be sent out the day prior to the event. Please check your email spam folder or call the library if you do not see the event invite.

The Rules of the Game (1939) : Indybay

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxs4P6u1EiI

ANALYSISIntroduction by Jean Renoir himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69woK9y8oTQ (6½ minutes)

Discussion with Jean Renoir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYEF-ylK0Iw (31 minutes)

FRENCH MASTERPIECES: The Rules of the Game (1939)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM6sr17ahj0  (6½ minutes)

A short exposition of the themes and technical aspects that define Jean Renoir’s wondrous “The Rules of the Game”, a film with far-reaching influence and prestige, considered by many as one of the best films ever made.

REVIEWS:Roger Ebert (2004): https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-rules-of-the-game-1939

Turner Classic Movies page: https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/88741/the-rules-of-the-game#overview    (has links to three reviews)
Variety (1938): https://variety.com/1938/film/reviews/the-rules-of-the-game-2-1200411957/

Dennis Schwartz (2004): https://dennisschwartzreviews.com/rulesofthegame/

*All links accessed February 5, 2022.


Bookings are closed for this event.