Synopses & Reviews
Of Jean Renoir's La Regle du jeu (1939), Richard Roud noted: "if France were destroyed tomorrow and nothing remained but this film, the whole country and its civilisation could be reconstructed from it.'" An extravagant claim, but one that in the view of Keith Reader is justified. In this original, up-to-date, scrupulously documented book on one of the great films of world cinema, Reader focuses on La Regle du jeu in the context of both the time in which it was made and the currents of intertextuality by which it is traversed. He examines sequences from the film itself, its themes, reception and critical approaches and readings. He also explores its extraordinary subversive charge and its dynamic effect on subsequent generations of filmmakers, including Alain Resnais and Robert Altman.
This is the essential companion to La Regle du jeu, demonstrating as it does why this film remains so central to French cinema and to the history of French and indeed European culture.
About the Author
Keith Reader is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Glasgow. His publications on French cinema include Robert Bresson (2001), The Papin Sisters (with Rachel Edwards, 2001), and French Cinema: A Student's Guide (2003).
Table of Contents
* Acknowledgments * Plot Summary * Jean Renoir * Prehistories, filming, early reception * The historical context * Filming * The reception of the film between its release & the restored version of 1959 * Two key early critical views of the film * Sequence-by-sequence analysis & commentary * Credits * The drama takes shape * From Paris to the countryside * The hunt sequence * Back in the chateau * From fancy dress to tragedy in less than an hour * Mirrorings and doublings: structure & history * The film's reception since its release * Politically-inspired approaches * Gendered readings * Historical & industrial approaches * Auteurist approaches * 'La Regle du jeu' as filmic pre-text * Resnais' 'Mon oncle d'amerique' * Robert Altman's 'Gosford Park' * Conclusion * Bibliography * Filmography *