Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Short Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser
Wakey wakey
First Look At Michael Fassbender In Assassin's Creed
Poise in the hood
Colm Meaney Takes The Journey
He'll be Martin McGuinness to Timothy Spall's Ian Paisley
Empire's Star Wars: The Force Awakens Subscribers' Cover Revealed
Say hello to our little friend
Exclusive New Posters For Macbeth
All hail Fassbender and Cotillard
Michael Caine Rediscovers Youth In New Trailer
'Getting in shape is a waste of time'
Gideon Raff Plans Operation Brothers
Homeland co-creator directing Mossad spy thriller
Conn Iggulden's Emperor Novels To Be Adapted For Screen
The Lionsgates of Rome
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
24 April 2012
Empire's Special Mike Newell Podcast
40-odd minutes of frank and funny chat
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
La Grande Illusion (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

New La Grande Illusion Poster
New quad for the 75th birthday release

13 March 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

submit to reddit

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Jean Renoir's other great masterpiece, La Grande Ilusion. What better way to celebrate than to watch it again? Good question, glad you asked. The answer is by gazing at this newly-released and really rather delightful* quad poster for the film.

The bird, of course, is emblematic of peace and innocence, two commodites lost in the Great War setting of Renoir's classic. The director had experienced the conflict's carnage first-hand as a reconnaissance pilot and channelled his views on the war into a cri de coeur for empathy and understanding between men and nations.

Renoir cast one of his great heroes, Erich von Stroheim, as the German officer who, while ostensibly his captor, finds common ground with French POW Pierre Fresnay. The German and French aristocrats are aware that their time has past and that the future belongs to working-class men like Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin) and the newly wealthy like Jewish landowner Rosenthal (Marcel Dalio).

It's truly a masterpiece - yes, even better than Escape To Victory - and it's back in cinemas from April 6, prior to a DVD and Blu-ray release on April 23. For more on La Grande Illusion get hold of the May issue of Empire, onsale from March 29.

* Okay, it's not as delightful if you happen to be a dove. If you are, apologies, and congratulations on operating a computer.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New US Avengers Posters Arrive
Well, hello there Maria Hill...
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The Weird And Wonderful World Of Obscure On-Screen PMs
Meet the many strangely-shaped heads of Her Majesty's Government

Exclusive Deadpool Trailer Breakdown
Director Tim Miller guides us through his crazed superhero promo

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)