by HELEN GEIB
This month on Photo Play: four wars, four POW escapes
Last Week: Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
Coming Next: tba Monday
Thanks for the post. I haven’t seen this movie in at least a decade. I gotta rewatch it.
This is a film that I fell in love with immediately. Jean Renoir is the best French filmmaker, ever and Grand Illusion is one of the big reasons as to why.
When the most precious remnants of human civilization are gathered for the space ark, this movie will be included.
@Miriam, yup. I love the size of the castle that the P.O.W.s are taken to and the terrific hospitality that they’re treated with. There’s so much irony in that film and it’s all handled so brilliantly…
It’s such a wonderful movie. The captures are from the Criterion DVD; fitting that it was the first film released under the label. The irony in the negative surviving the war only because it was first looted by the Germans and then by the Russians (to be next thought lost while sitting unlabeled in the French film archives for decades) is just too rich.
I also have the Criterion version and will probably get the Blu-ray version one day. I double dipped with “Rules of the Game” (1939), “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970), “Army of Shadows” (1969), “Solaris” (1972), “Paths of Glory” (1957), and “Red Desert” (1964).
I love the Criterion Collection…
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