The Rules of the Game (La Règle du jeu) is a 1939 French satirical film directed by Jean Renoir and starring Nora Gregor. The film depicts bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants gather at a French chateau.
France, 1939, 110 min, English, French & German with English subtitles, directed by Jean Renoir
Nora Gregor & Anton Walbrook Season
We explore the very different fates of two of Austria’s pre-war giants of the silver screen: Nora Gregor and Anton Walbrook in this dedicated mini season.
Nora Gregor, born in 1901 in Gorica, then part of Austria-Hungary became one of the most sought after actresses of her time. She appeared in German speaking as well as Hollywood films and joined the ensemble of the Burgtheater. Following her marriage to the Austrofascist politician Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg, Nora and her family left Austria in 1938. She died impoverished and forgotten in Chile in 1949.
Anton Walbrook was born in Vienna in 1896 into a family of actors and achieved great success on both stage and screen during the 1930s in Austria and Germany. At the time of the 'Anschluß ' Walbrook’s career was already international and multi-lingual. He settled in the UK in 1937 where his screen presence mesmerized directors such as Powell & Pressburger.