Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs.
Special features: Disc 1: New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound; introduction to the film by Jean Renoir; audio commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by filmmaker Peter Bogdonovich; selected scene analysis by Renoir historian Christopher Faulkner; new and improved English subtitle translation; optimal image quality: RSDL, dual-layer edition. Disc 2: Excerpts from Jean Renoir, le patron: la règle et l'exception (1966), a French television program directed by Jacques Rivette; part one of Jean Renoir, a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by David Thompson, featuring reflections on Renoir; new video essay about the film's production; Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand discuss their reconstruction and rerelease of the film; new interview with Renoir's son, Alain; new interview with the set designer, Max Douy; 1995 interview with actress Mila Parely; written tributes to the film and Renoir.
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