Monday, January 19, 2004

Addendum to news of the Rules of the Game on DVD: Fred Kaplan has an interesting piece in yesterday's NYTimes on putting the classic on DVD:

The outcome is not just aesthetically pleasing. In the rejected version (and more still on the laser disc and earlier film prints), the contrast between dark and light is glaring; the characters' faces seem harsh, their vast palaces icy. In the version used for the DVD, the natural grays soften this impression; the people look more sympathetic; their environments are lush. Renoir's film is a biting satire about the French aristocracy between the two world wars, but it is also about universal human frailty ("Everyone has his reasons," one of the characters famously says), and the DVD, finally, lets us feel this.?

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