Rules of The Game
Friday, April 1st
The Grand Illusion Cinema's 8th Anniversary Party
The Rules of the Game
Jean Renior / 1939, France / B&W, 35mm / 106min
Come out and celebrate the beginning of our 8th year in business as Seattle's weirdest, most wonderful non-profit, volunteer operated cinema. Drinks, snacks and prizes will be available. Doors at 7pm, Rules of the Game at 8pm.
At la Colinière, the deceptively idyllic country estate of a wealthy Parisian aristocrat, a selection of society's finest gather for a rural sojourn and shooting party, and over the course of the weekend reveal themselves to be absurdly, almost primitively, cruel and vapid. It took decades for Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game to be recognized as a masterpiece. The film received terribly negative reviews and even provoked near riots in Paris upon its release. As a result, Renoir cut twenty-three minutes from the original version. And even then, it was banned by the French government. The original negative was destroyed during World War II, and only in 1959 was the film fully reconstructed from surviving prints and embraced by audiences and critics alike. Now, thanks to an unprecedented digital restoration, audiences can see the film in a form as close to Renoir's original intentions as possible. Playing with the lightest of touches, yet stinging like the greatest of tragedies, The Rules of the Game has come to be regarded as one of the finest movies ever made. In French w/English subtitles.
"the film presents a hilarious yet melancholic picture of a nation riven by petty class distinctions." Time Out
"required viewing, if only to understand the ideal that filmmakers from Robert Altman to Woody Allen have been after" Village Voice
Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
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