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The Rules of the Game (1939)

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Commentary 1: Commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Rating:8.1/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by RodneyWelch on March 21st, 2006:Find all reviews by RodneyWelch
A first-class package in every way, from the commentary to the extras. You learn an enormous amount about the film, the controversies, Renoir's artistry. Dead solid perfect.
Reviewed by zombking on October 22nd, 2007:Find all reviews by zombking
Even though I am not a fan of this film, I found the commentary to be very insightful, with more details about every aspect of production than one could imagine. Well done.
Reviewed by grimjack on August 20th, 2023:Find all reviews by grimjack
I have to start by saying that yes, this is an excellent track, by being both informative and interesting. But how unusual it is to hear Peter Bogdanovich (who I am certain has made very good tracks of his own) merely reading aloud insights by somebody else.

Sesonske, the actual writer of this commentary, did make a screen-specific essay that goes into great detail about the production, and most importantly, the meanings and history of France at the time, which is very important to understanding this film.

Even details about which characters use Tu instead of Vous need to explained to English speaking viewers. And insights into comments Renoir stated years later, make sure there is no doubt as to the various meanings behind important lines.