Sunday, July 7, 2013

Great Movie # 4 - The Rules of the Game


     Well this one was a doozie.  The first actual boring movie of this whole process.  I'm talking falling asleep in 15 minutes boring.  The 1939 film by Jean Renoir was not interesting save for 2 major elements.  First this film is the difference between the upper class social elite and the lower class help that have to interact with them.  The very same premise of Robert Altman's Gosford Park (2001).  I find it very interesting that Renoir creates the same story at such an early point in cinema's history. The next element was the camera work of the cinematographer.  The use of depth of field was just impressive to see.  It added depth (no pun intended)  to the set pieces as well as the plots that develop in acts 2 and 3 among the array of characters that engage each other.

     Byron and I both agree, this is clearly a one time watch.  One that we both with NOT be watching again.  I still don't quite understand exactly what makes this movie be ranked at number four.  Out of respect, would I place it somewhere on this list?  Sure.  Not quite sure where, but it'll have to go somewhere.  Oh well, on to the next one.

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