Join Linda Hardy and the rest of Westbank’s aficionados of France who watch a French film at home and then meet at the library to discuss it en français!

The January movie selection, The Rules of the Game, is available to view on Kanopy.

THE RULES OF THE GAME, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society disguised as a comedy of manners. Taking place over a weekend at a marquis’ country chateau, Jean Renoir’s classic film lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haute bourgeois acquaintances.

After a violent response from its premiere audience, THE RULES OF THE GAME was subjected to cuts in 1939. The original negative was destroyed during World War II and wasn’t reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.

Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival. Winner of Best European Film at the Bodil Awards. Voted Second Place for Best Film of the Century by the Village Voice Film Poll.

“There are about a dozen genuine miracles in the history of cinema, and one of them is Jean Renoir’s supreme 1939 tragi-comedy THE RULES OF THE GAME.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“This is cinema at its pinnacle: sublime humanism smiling through tears of frustrated sadness.” – Total Film