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.

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