The Rules Of The Game (1939)

Rated R for some fairly light language issues.

Bonjour, nos amis! Auteur Jean Renoir’s beloved French classic is the subject of the Next 163 Project. This is the rare film that actually gets better as it goes along. Jolly Renoir himself is a big highlight in this large cast of “Upstairs, Downstairs” characters. His picture was hated by his countrymen upon release 80 years ago, partly because it mocks the upper class who are oblivious to what’s going on around them (ie. the impending real-life war). For this film to elicit hatred says a lot about how thin-skinned the human race is. Anyway, fly your plane across an ocean and then plant yourself directly in the Friend Zone as you fire up our tongue waggle. Why? Well, everyone has their reasons.

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For The Record: Perhaps Andre and Christine exchanging a “French kiss” greeting is the wrong expression. It’s more of the European style of air-kissing beside each other’s cheeks.


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Links to: Battleship Potemkin and Grand Illusion and Citizen Kane and Roger & Me and Gosford Park and Beatriz At Dinner

Previously on the Next 162 Project: Goldfinger

September 16th on the Next 164 Project: Dirty Dancing