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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

La Grande Illusion
Jean Renoir's humanist masterpiece


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La Grande Illusion

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.


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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