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The Rules of the Game

Released 1950
Distributor Cine Classics

In its time the most expensive French film ever made, Jean Renoir’s 1939 tragicomedy takes a scalpel to the upper class and their casual cruelty. After a flurry of bad reviews, Renoir took a scalpel to the film itself, but even a shortened version couldn’t appease critics which included the French government—they banned the film later that same year. In 1956 the complete version was found and the movie was awarded a new life along with a new generation of fans.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.

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