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La Regle du Jeu
Drole de Drame
Un Chien Andalou

DROLE DE DRAME
(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.

UN CHIEN ANDALOU
(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'.

LA REGLE DU JEU
(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...


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