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RULES OF THE GAME... the plot......


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Since this is a French movie with English subtitles, in case you want to actually watch the movie, here is the plot, thanks to Wiki:




The film begins with the aviator Andr? Jurieux landing at Le Bourget Airfield just outside Paris. He is greeted by his friend Octave, who reveals that Christine, the woman Andr? loves, has not come to the airfield to greet him. Andr? is heartbroken. When a radio reporter comes to broadcast his first words upon landing, he explains his sorrow and denounces the woman who has spurned him.


Christine, an Austrian, is listening to the broadcast from her apartment in Paris as she is attended by her maid, Lisette. Christine has been married to Robert, Marquis de la Cheyniest for three years. Lisette has been married to Schumacher, the gamekeeper at the country estate, for two years, but she is more devoted to Madame Christine. Christine's past relationship with Andr? is openly known by her husband, her maid, and their friend Octave. After Christine and Robert playfully discuss Andr?'s emotional display and pledge devotion to one another, Robert excuses himself to make a phone call. He arranges to meet Genevi?ve, his mistress, the next morning.


At Genevi?ve's apartment, Robert announces he must end their relationship, but invites her to join them for a weekend retreat to Robert and Christine's country estate, La Colini?re, in Sologne. Later, Octave induces Robert to invite Andr? to the country as well. They joke that Andr? and Genevi?ve will pair off and solve everyone's problems.


At the estate, Schumacher is policing the grounds, trying to get rid of rabbits. Marceau, a poacher, sneaks onto the grounds to retrieve a rabbit caught in one of his snares. Before he can get away, Schumacher catches him and begins to march him off the property when Robert demands to know what is going on. Marceau explains that he can catch rabbits, and Robert offers him a job as a servant. Once inside the house, Marceau flirts with Schumacher's wife, Lisette.


At a masquerade ball, various romantic liaisons are made. In the estate's dark, secluded greenhouse, Octave declares that he, too, loves Christine and they impulsively decide to run away together. Schumacher and Marceau, who have both been expelled from the estate after a fight over Lisette, observe the greenhouse scene and mistake Christine for Lisette, because Christine is wearing Lisette's cape and hood.


Octave momentarily returns to the house and, while there, Lisette talks him out of running off with Christine. Consequently, he sends Andr? to meet Christine. When Andr? reaches the greenhouse, Schumacher mistakes him for Octave, who he believes is going to steal his wife. He shoots and kills Andr?, which Robert subsequently explains to his guests as an "accident".



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Fortunately, I've seen the film quite a few times so it wasn't spoiled for me. Marcel Dalio was a big star in France but appeared in a number of American films, as well. Maybe best remembered as the flustered Roulette dealer in *Casablanca*. I would like to know if the country estate shown in the film still stands today? Anyway, a great film showing the life style and follies of the bourgeoisie in their twilight prior to the outbreak of WWII.

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I was just amazed how most of the beautiful women in this film were madly in love with Marcel Dalio! ?:| Must have been his money. :^0 He spent most of the film fending them off and fiddleing with his music boxes! The other cutie; the maid Lissette, spent her time avoiding her husband so she could flirt with a scrawny little poacher! What was wrong with these women?!

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>Fortunately, I've seen the film quite a few times so it wasn't spoiled for me.


I wasn't trying to spoil the film for anyone. That's why I warned SPOILERS.


I find it easier to follow foreign films, especially ones with a lot of dialogue, by reading the plot on Wiki first.


If its a mystery film, I read only the first part of the plot.


There are a lot of dyslexic people in the world who can not read subtitles rapidly and watch the film at the same time.


It took about 40 years of watching SEVEN SAMURAI before I could get the names of the characters straight. :)





Kanbei (Takashi Shimura), the Leader of the Samurai:




Heihachi (Minoru Chiaki) , killed in battle, the first one killed, during the raid on the bandit hideout.




Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), the old sad one, killed in battle:




Gorobei (Yoshio Inaba), the happy one, killed in battle:




Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), the young one:




Shichiroji (Daisuke Kat?), the round-faced one:




Kikuchiyo (Toshir? Mifune), the funny one, killed in battle:






Shino (Keiko Tsushima), farmer?s daughter, Katsushiro?s girlfriend:




Manzo (Kamatari Fujiwara), Shino?s father:




Rikichi (Yoshio Tsuchiya), farmer whose wife was kidnapped, he fought like a warrior by the end of the movie:




Rikichi?s wife (Yukiko Shimazaki), killed in fire at bandit?s hideout:



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