Saturday, July 3, 2010
The Rules of the Game. A
The people in The Rules of the Game, all grown-ups, are sort of like kids when you really think about it. But while kids fight over toys, these adults are fighting over women. Renoir's masterpiece (one of several) has been called a comedy, but really I think it's more of a drama. What makes it funny is just how true to human nature it really is. People can be crazy and stupid and immature, and that can be humorous sometimes. And that's what the movie demonstrates. The actions, the characters, and the multiple story lines aren't exactly realistic. These conflicts could never all accumulate in one setting. But that's not the point. The point is that Renoir is taking all sorts of human behavior and stuffing them inside one massive house. It's a pretty brilliant method of storytelling and it's pulled off with meticulous perfection. This is one of those classics that no one misses out on.