A masterpiece from Franceís master film-maker, La Grande Illusion is outwardly a World War 1 prison escape movie, but itís more a commentary on class. Renoir illustrates the class systemís barriers but also the way it can unite enemies, movingly so in the case of two aristocrats, the prison commandant (Erich von Stroheim) and the senior French officer (Pierre Fresnay).
Director: Jean Renoir
Starring: Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich Von Stroheim, Marcel Dalio, Dita Parlo, Julien Carette
Original Release: France. 1937
Showing: Monday, 18 June, 2007 at 7:30pm
Certificate: U
Running Time: 117 mins
Black & White
Subtitled

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