A Film and Its Era: The Rules of the Game, by Jean Renoir (Il était une fois… La règle du jeu, 2010)
Director: Anne Kunvari
What happens behind the scenes of a film? How does the director deal with the stars and his crew? What is the social and political context in which a film is made? Does it affect the film? The ultimate documentary series that sets out to resolve these and other questions is finally on Eurochannel: A Film and Its Era.
This 30-episode documentary series aims to reveal all the secrets and historical context of a particular cult film, its groundbreaking director, and the epoch it represents. Made by a different director, each episode of this series offers extracts of the film, as well as exclusive interviews with its director, protagonists and cinema historians, to offer a holistic view of the production.
With a great sense of aesthetics and a comprehensive account of each movie, A Film and Its Era includes directors and classics such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City, Roman Polanski's Tess, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and many more.
Accompany us on a cinematic journey and discover the secrets behind some of your favorite movies in this celebratory documentary.
Jean Renoir shot The Rules of the Game in 1939, a dramatic fantasy that depicts the provincial French aristocracy in its raw nature. From nobles to servants, from a masquerade ball to game hunting, a small community is entangled in a web of lies, false pleasures and delusive love, and even passes off a murder as an accident. Though initially misunderstood and greeted with mockery, today it is considered one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Set on the eve of WWII in a climate of anti-Semitism, The Rules of the Game is the cruel portrait of a world in decline and the disintegration of a certain French elite, frivolously oblivious to the imminent perils.