The Grand Illusion

The Grand Illusion
  • Monday July 23 | 7:00pm

Released on the eve of the Second World War, Jean Renoir looked back to the ‘War to End all Wars’ with this tale of camaraderie between French officers interned in a German prisoner-of-war camp. Starring a grizzled Gabin and silent cinema great Erich von Stroheim, The Grand Illusion proved controversial throughout Europe upon its released due to its anti-war perspective, and ironic critique of class. It is now recognised as one of the most moving anti-war films. Renoir’s celebrated mobile camera is on full display in a film which has influenced directors ranging from Orson Welles to Wes Anderson.

The Grand Illusion

  • Director: Jean Renoir
  • Year: 1937
  • Run Time: 113 mins
  • Country: France
  • Rating: G