Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 169: Tue Jun 18

La Regle du Jeu (Renoir, 1939): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 9pm

If forced to make a choice this would count as my favourite film, one which has appeared in Sight & Sound's top 10 list since its inception in 1952. This 35mm presentation, also being screened on June 24th and 27th, is part of the Big Screen Classics season. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Its Paris opening in 1939 was a disaster: the film was withdrawn, recut, and eventually banned by the occupying forces for its “demoralizing” effects. It was not shown again in its complete form until 1965, when it became clear that here, perhaps, was the greatest film ever made. “The rules of the game,” said Jean Renoir, “are those which must be observed in society if one wishes to avoid being crushed.” His protagonist, a pilot (Roland Toutain), breaks the rules: he believes that his love for a wealthy married woman (Nora Gregor) is strong enough to lift him above society, above morality. At a weekend hunting party, he learns it is not—that nothing is.
Dave Kehr 

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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