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The Rules of the Game (1939)

Episode #31

The Gaumont Film Company released The Rules of the Game on July 7, 1939. Jean Renoir directed the film starring Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, and Paulette Dubost.

‘The Rules of the Game’ Plot Summary

The Rules of the Game takes place in pre-World War II France. World renowned pilot André Jurieux returns to France after flying solo over the Atlantic Ocean. André is disappointed to find that his lover Christine is not present for his landing, but has chosen to spend the evening with her husband Robert. Robert is engaged in an affair with Geneviéve, but Robert wants to end the relationship and rededicate himself to his wife. Everything comes to a head during a weekend retreat at Robert and Christine’s castle in the country where no one will return the same.

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The Gaumont Film Company released The Rules of the Game on July 7, 1939. Jean Renoir directed the film starring Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, and Paulette Dubost.

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