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on January 12, 2004
The Rules of the Game is a Great Film. Unfortunately it is being put out by Criterion and is overpriced. When you can get any other DVD that comes out on sale for $14.99 or $19.99, you'll have to shell out $27.97 to Criterion for Rules of the Game.
I've heard the justifications before -- Criterion's transfers are the best and their added features are of the highest quality. This is true, and back in the days of laserdiscs and the early days of DVDs it made a difference. With the DVD craze in full fury, too many DVDs are being published today with the same care that Criterion puts in, but at a significantly lower price. Criterion is stuck in the past.
Which is too bad, because the only way you can get The Rules of the Game and similar classic films is to pay Criterion's exorbitent prices. In a way, Criterion is holding these movies for ransom. A price I'm not willing to pay.
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on March 9, 2004
One of the greatest films ever made? Just try to stay awake. Hilarious? Try to find a single laugh? Deep, moving? Are you kidding? Film critics need to get an honest job. Good grief, what a dog.
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on December 29, 2003
This masterpiece is dated and tired. The characters are over-the-top and just plain silly. Wittiness, manners, and attitude reverberate in quick-fire dialogue to an unbearable degree of irritation. Seeing this to the end was a chore. How this can be ranked as one of the best movies of all time is beyond me. You can talk about production values all you want, but still, the story must come first! I recommend you see this, just so that you can get a true appreciation for those saps whose careers are based on finding more there than there really is. I'm convinced that most critics are largely influenced by those critics before them, to the extent that judging a film's merit becomes an uninspiring task in objectivity. And that's too bad.
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on June 18, 2004
Let's see. We have an aldulterer, a cheat, a liar, a slut & a guy with anger management issues. They all exist in this ultra chic, super rich sub-culture. If such a time (the 30's) & place ever existed it is easy to see why the French lost to the Germans, one year after this movie was actually made.
It is of course a satire & a pretty good one at that. The host, of a weekend hunting party has a mistress. He is afraid his wife is going have an affair with the another guest a hero flyer a la Charles Lindberg. But she has other admirers as well. My favorite character is the slut, the maid whose new husband take exception to her behavior. The whole mess is overseen by Jean Renoir, the director, who is also a major player in the movie itself. Eventually there is a murder. I won't tell who is murdered or who the murderer is here. On the dvd there is an alternate ending. A shorter version of the last scenes came out in 1959. This imparts a totally different context from the original which was banned in 1939. It is well done & gives different meanings to the motives of all involved. The major drawback is it is in French with English subtitles. But you'd want to pay strict attention to this one in any case.
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