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Genre: Comedy

Duration: 110 Minutes

The Rules of the Game (1939) FILM TALK

WORLD CINEMA MASTERWORKS FILM TALK SERIES WITH JEFFREY BENDER

Jeffrey Bender takes you on a cinematic journey around the globe to destinations like 16th Century Japan, Hong Kong in the 60s, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, and Barcelona’s colourful streets!

Whether these are international film favourites or a first-time encounter, we invite you to experience these masterworks on the big screen and then stick around for a conversation about the filmmakers and their impact on film history and culture worldwide.

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

Director Jean Renoir

Country: France | Language: French with English subtitles

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. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.

Jeff Bender is a volunteer with The Westdale who has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs and co-facilitated the Virtual Film Talk Series with host and chairman, Fred Fuchs.
Last fall, Jeff hosted the World Cinema Masterworks Series in the theatre where he presented talks on the international film movement spotlighting legendary filmmakers.

 

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