The game is the game of human relationships, & the rule is absolute. Renoir seems to suggest that we humans are social animals who must live with other people & play by the rules. We cannot get out of the game, yet we cannot win it, either. That is “the rule of the game,” and it does indeed rule our lives in this comic, but tragic way. The Rules of the Game stands as a magnificent tribute to the French sense of irony
Altman tried to emulate this with Gosford Park, and even that multistory master couldn't quite match Renoir's scathing satirical incisiveness of the bourgeois elites. Technically, it's a marvel up there with Citizen Kane. The narrative is almost Shakespearean in scope, and the intent is potent (at the cusp of WWII). French Cinema deserves its acclaim. Renoir (along with Vigo) set the precedent. Outstanding.
You want the fuckin rules well here they are:
Rule Number 1. Watch this movie more than once.
Rule Number 2. Apply the rules of the game to your own life.
Everybody plays games. You women play games with our minds but we love it. Everybody lies. Even YOU who said this wasn't a masterpiece. I wish I didn't have to play these stupid games with society but if you are too REAL for this world, they will MURDER YOU!!!
By all means, this film may just possess the most fluid camerawork in cinema which effortlessly immerses the viewer into the comedy. However, I am sad to inform that I am not the biggest fan of comedies of manner as their jolliness can sometime rub me the wrong way as is the case with this film's first third. As such, the best moment, for me, are the more quiet and tender that follow and they are what I will remember
Never before and never since has chaos been so elegantly portrayed on film. Masses of bodies and figures from the sky and earth, from upper to lower class societies meld together seamlessly in carnivalesque fashion. No matter how many rules and regulations civilization imposes on itself, "everyone has their reasons" and it's these reasons which always paradoxically lead to anomy.