08 19 Oct '24
B203bed7 0fa7 4ed2 a2e4 2302050ab5cd

Jean Renoir

La grande illusion (The Grand Illusion)

113' - 1937 - War, Drama - Dialogue: German, Russian, French, English
Director: Jean Renoir Composer: Joseph Kosma With: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

The film opens during WWI, showing two fliers (Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay) on a reconnaissance flight. They are shot down by a German ace (Erich von Stroheim) but survive the crash. Von Stroheim cavalierly invites them to have lunch with him before ground troops arrive to cart the French officers off to a POW camp. Both men are placed in barracks where a French officer (Marcel Dalio), a Jew, befriends them, along with several British officers who have also been taken prisoner.

A classic Renoir study of men in prison coddled by another gentleman officer, The Grand Illusion is a fascinating portrait of military customs, courtesies, and attitudes that evaporated with the coming of WWII.

Image gallery

987f1649 d61a 4ef7 865a 8da611bb4173
B203bed7 0fa7 4ed2 a2e4 2302050ab5cd

Credits

Director

Jean Renoir

Composer

Joseph Kosma

With

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

Scenario

Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak

Director of Photography

Christian Matras

Editor

Marthe Huguet, Marguerite Renoir

Producer

Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer

More information

Dialogue

German, Russian, French, English

Countries of production

France

Year

1937

Stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter

Do you want to stay up to date with festival news, our year-round activities, the films and the filmmakers?