La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (2012)



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For its 75th Anniversary, Rialto Pictures presents a stunning 4K restoration of GRAND ILLUSION, Jean Renoir's powerful and eloquent anti-war film set during World War I. Aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu and his mechanic, Lieutenant Mar?chal are shot down by Captain von Rauffenstein, who treats them with customary officers' hospitality. The two downed pilots are then sent to a German POW camp, where they quickly join a group of prisoners who have concocted an elaborate escape plan. Their plot is … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2012
Box Office: $0.2M
Rialto Pictures - Official Site


Jean Gabin

as Lieutenant Mar?chal
Pierre Fresnay

as Capt. de Boeldieu
Erich von Stroheim

as Von Rauffenstein
Marcel Dalio

as Rosenthal
Dita Parlo

as Elsa Farm Woman
Julien Carette

as The Actor
Jacques Becker

as An English Officer
Gaston Modot

as The engineer
Georges P?clet

as A French Soldier
Jean Daste

as The Teacher
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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (13)

It's among the most understated anti-war films ever made, effortlessly humanistic but far too subtle to indulge in preaching.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A model of simplicity and grace, with emotional effects that move you when you least expect it, the kind of great film that only a master can pull off.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Funny, heart-wrenching, nail-biting, caustic and profound, touting the futility of armed combat while turning imprisonment and escape into a microcosm for society's aspirations and contradictions.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

It's still one of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's an excellent film, with Renoir's usual looping line and deft shifts of tone, though today the balance of critical opinion has shifted in favor of the greater darkness and filigree of The Rules of the Game.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An artistically masterful feature, the picture breathes the intimate life of warriors on both sides during the [First] World War.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
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