Grand Illusion

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Released 1937

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Director:
Jean Renoir
Released:
1937
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Grand Illusion is a 1937 French war drama about two French aviators who are shot down beyond enemy lines and moved from one prisoner of war camp to the next, constantly devising escape strategies as they go. Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) is an upper-class aristocrat, while Lieutenant Marechal (Jean Gabin) comes from a working-class background. They're shot down by German pilot Captain von Rauffenstein, another aristocrat who captures the two French men. Von Rauffenstein invites the French officers to lunch, where he and de Boeldieu discuss their mutual upper-class acquaintances and lifestyles before the German officer sends the two prisoners to the first of many detainment camps. This beloved film provides a sobering commentary on the absurdity of war. The title comes from Norman Angell's book The Great Illusion, in which Angell argues the common economic interest of all countries in Europe makes any attempt at war futile. Grand Illusion is written and directed by Jean Renoir, and it was the first foreign film to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.moreless

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Drama

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Foreign Language, Historical, Classics