08 19 Oct '24
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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.

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Jean Renoir


Joseph Kosma


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


Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak

Director of Photography

Christian Matras


Marthe Huguet, Marguerite Renoir


Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer

More information


German, Russian, French, English

Countries of production




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