Newly restored 35mm print!
- GRAND ILLUSION
- (LA GRANDE ILLUSION)
- 1937, Jean Renoir, France, 114 min.
- With Jean Gabin, Erich von Stroheim
“One of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious.”
—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A magnificent restoration we should all be grateful for!"
The pattern-setter for all subsequent P.O.W. films, this still-exciting escape drama is also much, much more. Renoir’s timeless masterpiece sets bonds of class, era, love, honor, and common humanity against those of nationality as it follows a group of World War I French soldiers from one German prison camp to another until they reach the fortress commanded by a crippled former flier (Stroheim in a legendary, heartbreaking performance). Working from the original nitrate camera negative, this entirely new 75th Anniversary restoration used the latest digital technology to provide significantly sharper image and sound. New subtitles by Lenny Borger capture the wit of the Renoir-Charles Spaak screenplay. In French, German, and English with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)