“I want to disappear down a hole.”
“So I no longer have to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong.”
— Octave (Jean Renoir) speaking to Robert de la Cheyniest (Marcel Dalio) from The Rules of the Game (original French title: La Règle du jeu) a 1939 film about upper-class French society just before the start of World War II. It is often cited as one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Presently it is listed in the British Film Institute’s 50 Greatest Films.
“I wanted to depict a society dancing on a volcano.”
— Jean Renoir
Throughout the entire last part of The Rules of the Game the camera acts like an invisible guest wandering about the salon and the corridors with a certain curiosity, but without any more advantage than its invisibility. The camera is not…
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