THE RULES OF THE GAME Commentary
The Rules of the Game • 1h 47m
Recorded in 1989, this commentary features writer-director Peter Bogdanovich reading text by Jean Renoir scholar Alexander Sesonske, author of “Jean Renoir: The French Films, 1924–1939.”
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1939 Short Version Ending
Watch the ending of director Jean Renoir’s 1939 81-minute version of THE RULES OF THE GAME in its entirety.
Playing by Different Rules
THE RULES OF THE GAME originally ran 94 minutes. After a negative response, Renoir cut it to 81. During World War II, the film was destroyed by bombs. In 1959, it was reconstructed, with Renoir’s approval, from surviving elements, becoming the 106-minute version we know. Chris Faulkner compares t...
Scene Analysis: “Corridor”
This commentary on a ninety-second example of Jean Renoir’s accomplished use of cinematography and depth of field in THE RULES OF THE GAME was recorded in 2003. Chris Faulkner is the author of “The Social Cinema of Jean Renoir” and a professor of film studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont...