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The Rules of the Game

La Règle du jeu (Original title)

1939 Drama, Comedy, Romance


Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game, 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 h...

Directed by

Jean Renoir

Written by

Jean Renoir (Screenplay)
Carl Koch (Novel)


110 minutes






Nora Gregor
as Christine de la Cheyniest
Paulette Dubost
as Lisette, sa camériste
Mila Parély
as Geneviève de Marras
Odette Talazac
as Madame de la Plante
Claire Gérard
as Madame de la Bruyère
Anne Mayen
as Jackie, nièce de Christine
Lise Elina
as Radio-Reporter
Marcel Dalio
as Robert de la Cheyniest


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#104 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#13 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire

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