Regle du Jeu
(1937, B/W) Director: Marcel Carne
This early collaboration of Carne and Jacques Prevert spins a web of fantasy
about its chosen theme - the flatfooted detective story - and makes one regret
that this was their only comedy before they went on to such masterpieces as Les
Enfants de Paradis and Jour se Leve.
(1929. B/W) Director: Luis Bunuel
Un Chien Andalou has become one of the most notorious films in cinema history.
Now regarded as a surrealist masterpiece, its makers, Luis Bunuel and Salvador
Dali, set out - in Dali's words - to conceive a film which 'would plunge right
into the heart of witty, elegant and intellectualised Paris with all the weight
of an Iberian dagger'.
(1939, Black-andwhite) Director: Jean Renoir
Renoir's masterpiece on social class in decay was made in the full knowledge
that the world was about to plunge into war. A party of elegant and charming
people spend a weekend at a country chateau. They are not vindictive or pathological.
Their 'sin' is something much less obviously abnormal. It consists of having
no values at all...