THE RULES OF THE GAME (PBS 1975)
Dramatist Luigi Pirandello's 1918 tragicomedy tells the tale of upper-crust Italians in this witty 1975 production from the Broadway Theatre Archive series of televised plays.
The main characters are an impulsive young woman, Silvia Gala (Joan Van Ark), the lover she exasperates (David Dukes) and her cynical, sneering spouse, Leone (John McMartin).
The husband's apathetic attitude is that life is a game played by arbitrary rules, and his role is that of an unemotional observer. His philosophy is severely put to the test when his wife draws him into a duel with a nobleman who drunkenly accosted her.
Stars Joan Van Ark (Knots Landing) and Emmy-nominee David Dukes (The Josephine Baker Story), George Ede, John McMartin, Joel Fabiani, Clarence Felder, Peter Friedman, Munson Hicks, Nicholas Hormann, Jeanette Landis, Fred Morsell, Ellen Tovatt Also featuring a brief appearance by Glenn Close and Charles Kimbrough in early roles. Introduction by Hal Holbrook.