Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937, 113 mins)
French officers attempt to free themselves from a World War I prison camp in what Janet Maslin called “one of the most haunting of all war films” and Jonathan Rosenbaum cited it as “one of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious.” Jean Gabin and Erich von Stroheim star in this Renoir masterpiece. In French with English subtitles.
Presented in 35mm by the Yale Film Archive with support from Paul L. Joskow ’70 M.Phil., ’72 Ph.D.
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