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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Pierre Fresnay
Erich von Stroheim
Jean Gabin
Julien Carette.
Directors
Jean Renoir.
Screenwriters
Jean Renoir
Charles Spaak.
Running Time
110 minutes

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La Grande Illusion
Jean Renoir's humanist masterpiece


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Plot
Two French officers in a POW camp during World War I befriend a Jew and begin to hatch an escape plan from the supposed impenetrable fort. The three are separated with the two Frenchmen arriving at a fort months later only to find their friend there already.


Review
La Grande Illusion
A profound examination of the nature of war, with a strong pacifist — but not appeasing — streak. In 1916, commandant Von Stroheim runs a supposedly escape-proof German POW camp and comes to respect one of his charges, aristocratic French officer Fresnay. They share a doomed vision of honourable war that the carnage of World War One has rendered hideously obsolete, and a tragic escape attempt brings the truth home to them both.

With a letter-perfect performance from Von Stroheim, and a potent examination of the differences of class and attitude among the prisoners and the guards, this is less hectoring than most anti-war films, but nevertheless makes a lasting statement.


Verdict
A moving and inspiring story of soldiers stuck in a POW camp, with stunning direction from Renoir, getting performances from Fresnay and von Stonheim in particular. that were well overlooked come Oscar time.


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Watched today: tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028950/]La Grande Illusionean Renoir`s masterpiece is one of the best anti-war films I`ve ever seen. Inside the P.O.W. camp everybody is accepted for who he is without looking at one`s background. There even grows somewhat of a friendship between the captured French officers and the German commander (an excellent role by Erich von Stroheim). What if they`d met under different circumstances? A beautiful humanistic piece of work in wich the always exce... More

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Powerful Story Telling

When I took my intro to film class, I was given a list of foreign films and I had to read one from the list. I called my sister, who was a French major to ask her if she could recommend a good French film. She told be that I should try any film by Jean Renoir. This film was the only one of his films on his list. I loved the movie, much more that Renoir's La Règle du jeu. The story is a compelling story about the harsh realities of war. The characters are people you can connect with. ... More

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