Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: The Rules of the Game (1939)

Film: The Rules of the Game (121/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

Man loves woman. Woman is married to another man. Woman's husband has mistress. Woman's maid has jealous husband. Woman's friend loves woman. Maid has affair with another man. Everyone's flirting with each other. I can hardly keep it straight! This French film about high society's self-absorbed affairs can be confusing, certainly, but it's also witty, sophisticated, and emotionally broad, going from flighty and funny to soberingly tragic. This is a world before the war, and you can feel the characters on the brink of change, wrapping themselves in their drama and their glamour, burying their heads in the sand and carrying on drinking and laughing into the night...

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