Jean Renoir Double Bill

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Jean Renoir Double Bill

Date and time

Saturday 15 February, 2.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Partie de Campagne (Jean Renoir, 1936) French with English subtitles, Black and White, 39 mins, cert PG


La règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939) French with English subtitles, B&W, 106 mins, cert PG


£6/£4 concessions

Online sales for this event are closed. Tickets will be available for sale outside the Sainsbury Wing Theatre before the event (cash only).

A screening of the short film 'Partie de Campagne' will be followed by 'La règle du jeu'.

Partie de Campagne

Set in 1860, this film is Jean Renoir's tribute to the world his father depicted in paint. It follows the Dufours, a Paris ironmonger and his family, on a day trip to the countryside, where the mother and daughter Henriette (Sylvia Bataille) befriend two boatmen, Rodolphe and Henri (Georges Saint-Saëns). Renoir never finished filming, and Partie de Campagne was eventually abandoned, but the material was turned into a release in 1946, ten years after it was shot.

La règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game)

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, 'La règle du jeu' is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis's country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of 'haut bourgeois' acquaintances. The film has a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during the Second World War; it was reconstructed in 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.


Enjoy a new programme of films at the National Gallery.

Image above: Detail of still from 'Partie de Campagne' © BFI

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