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Grande Illusion, La (U)

Drama, War

During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

The critical consensus

Beautifully acted (by the likes of Jean Gabin and Erich von Stroheim), photographed and designed, it ranks proudly alongside The Rules Of The Game as Renoir at his stunning best.

*****Tom Dawson, Total Film, 26/03/2012

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.

*****Empire Online, 03/04/2012

A vividly humanist, anti-war classic.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/04/2012

Not only hugely important in film history — it was the first foreign-language movie ever to be Oscar-nominated for Best Picture — but a sorrowful, acutely thoughtful, and wholly imperishable masterpiece.

*****Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 05/04/2012

Tragic. Moving. Funny. A pure joy.

Jack Jones, Little White Lies, 05/04/2012

Renoir's 1937 anti-war masterpiece.

Philip French, The Observer, 08/04/2012

Features about Grande Illusion, La (U)

Revisiting: La Grande Illusion

Hannah McGill, The List, 04/04/2012

Grande Illusion, La (U)

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday April 6, 2012, until Thursday April 12, 2012. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday April 13, 2012, until Sunday April 15, 2012. More info:

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