Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game.
The Rules of the Game is a bittersweet masterpiece about French romance, class, manners and hypocrisy on the eve of World War II. André, a French aviation hero, is in love with Christine, who is married to wealthy aristocrat Robert. Robert has a mistress, whom he invites to a weekend hunting party at his estate, along with André. Renoir himself plays Andre’s friend Octave. Underneath the stairs, the servants are also playing musical beds.
Tout Paris was hostile on opening night in 1939, as the upper class is depicted in this film as insouciant and self-indulgent, with little regard for the consequences of their actions. Under Paris Nazi occupation, The Rules of the Game was banned as being morally perilous. Now the film is often named as one of the greatest films in the history of cinema.
This month’s Cinema Salon is hosted by Dr. Ron Burnett. Dr. Ron Burnett has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design since 1996.
In 2010, Dr. Burnett was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government and received the International Digital Media and Arts Association Outstanding Leadership Award. In 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of his significant contributions and achievements.
Vancity Cinema Salon with Dr. Ron Burnett Presents The Rules of the Game
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online