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Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939) - Music Toy Scene

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Uploaded on Aug 12, 2010

Robert (Marcel Dalio) introduces his new toy to his guests.

"Dalio says he was embarrassed, because it seemed simple to stand proudly beside his toy, yet they had to reshoot for two days. Yes, says Renoir, because the facial expression had to be exact -- proud, and a little embarrassed to be so proud, and delighted, but a little shy to reveal it. The finished shot, ending with Robert's face, is a study in complexity, and Renoir says it may be the best shot he ever filmed. It captures the buried theme of the film: That on the brink of war they know what gives them joy but play at denying it, while the world around them is closing down joy, play and denial." - Roger Ebert

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