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Grand Illusion


Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim View All


Jean Renoir (Screenplay), Jean Renoir (Director) View All

Release: Jun. 4th, 1937
Runtime: 1 hour, 54 minutes
A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.
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I went into this film blind not knowing, and still not knowing, anything about the director, the cast, or the history of this war it depicts.
It's very well filmed and has an abundance of great scenes , though it comes with some big problems.
Citizen Rules
I enjoyed this...I like war film, I don't like war, but I do like war films, or in this case prisoner of war films, because it fills that need to know.