Rent La Grande Illusion (1937)

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Synopsis:
Set in the German prison camps of WW1, the film stars Jean Gabin as Marechal, and Marcel Dalio as Rosenthal. Like the charming aristocrat Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay), these two French aviators were shot down and now spend most of their time escaping from German prison camps before inevitably being recaptured. Between escapes, they do what they can to amuse themselves, but after a tunnel they've dug is discovered, the three are sent to Wintersborn, a forbidding fortress of a prison commanded by former ace pilot Von Rauffenstein (Erich Von Stroheim). Von Rauffenstein cannot help but strike up a friendship with Captain de Boeldieu, a kindred spirit from the doomed nobility.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer
Writers:
Charles Spaak, Jean Renoir
Aka:
The Grand Illusion
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Collections:
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Countries:
France
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/04/2012
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Critic Ginette Vincendeau
  • Introduction by Jean Renoir
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/04/2012
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
French LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Jean Renoir
  • The original negative
  • Introduction by Professor Ginette Vincendeau
  • Success and Controversy by Olivier Curchod
  • John Truby talks about 'La Grande Illusion'
  • Trailer (1937)

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Classic of French cinema - La Grande Illusion review by IG

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13/02/2024

Classic of French cinema, stands up remarkably well 90 years later, especially in the restored print. As an anti war film it is up there with Paths of Glory.

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