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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 Maréchal 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 foiled, however, as they are transferred to a new camp, the formidable Wintersborn fortress, run by Rauffenstein, who is now grounded due to battle wounds. Rauffenstein, lamenting the end of an aristocratic era, tries to befriend de Boeldieu, but the French captain is already hatching a new escape plan - one in which he puts himself in danger to allow the others to escape. GRAND ILLUSION was the first foreign film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 1998
Box Office: $0.2M
Rialto Pictures - Official Site


Jean Gabin
as Lieutenant Maréchal
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 Péclet
as A French Soldier
Jean Daste
as The Teacher
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Critic Reviews for La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion)

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… | June 7, 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… | May 17, 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… | May 8, 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… | February 8, 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… | February 8, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...highlights the absurdity of war, or possibly the absurdity of civilized behavior when war is going on just outside.

Full Review… | September 6, 2014

Audience Reviews for La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion)


An apparently simple yet notably complex film that uses a subtle approach to explore a gamut of humanistic themes while Renoir avoids any sort of sentimentality, which can also be seen from the elegant way his camera appears to float, unaffected, among the characters.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This movie expertly depicts class warfare--no, it's not a new thing, it's been around forever competing with nationalism. As a college student in Germany, I had to watch this movie about 5 times and dissect it from all angles: historical, sociological, as well as literature and I never got sick of it. This movie really depicts the utter senselessness of war--how lost soldiers will take up with enemy women for succor and warmth and vice versa and how the officers (the aristocrats of the day, the 1%)inhabit a much different world than the hoi polloi. I am looking forward to seeing the remastered film as when I saw it, it was physically pretty damaged.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Experiência cinematografica cinco estrelas. Um filme que quase desapareceu da história do cinema mundial.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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