La Règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game). 1939. France. Directed by Jean Renoir. Screenplay by Camille François, Carl Koch, Jean Renoir. With Julien Carette, Henri Cartier-Bresson, M. Corteggiani. 35mm. In French; English subtitles. 107 min.
The rules of high society are breached at an anxious gathering orchestrated by a prosperous French aristocrat and his Viennese wife. The guests include the aristocrat’s scheming mistress, a friend who is secretly in love with the wife, and her lover. In the classic upstairs/downstairs style, the servants see all and mock their employers.