Day 109: What are the rules of the game?

“What are the rules of the game?”

Thought a lot today about what the three films of Jean Renoir have in common. I spent several hours just writing down what happened in, and what I thought of, each of the three films. In desperation I eventually went to my collection of magazines – The Movie – and looked up Renoir and found a couple of superficial articles about him and about Rules of the Game. Nothing gave me any insight into why critics, teachers, students and directors think it’s a great film. I’ve decided to put it on the backburner and watch another highly regarded Jean Renoir film which appears on several lists of Top Ten films, Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932).