La Grande Illusion

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For its 75th Anniversary, Rialto Pictures presents a stunning 4K restoration of GRAND ILLUSION, Jean Renoir's powerful and eloquent anti-war film set during World War I. Aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and his mechanic, Lieutenant... read more
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For its 75th Anniversary, Rialto Pictures presents a stunning 4K restoration of GRAND ILLUSION, Jean Renoir's powerful and eloquent anti-war film set during World War I. Aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and his mechanic, Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin) are shot down by Captain von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim), who treats them with customary officers' hospitality. The two downed pilots are then sent to a German POW camp, where they quickly join a group of prisoners who have concocted an elaborate escape plan. Their plot is foiled, however, as they are transferred to a new camp, the formidable Wintersborn fortress, run by Rauffenstein, who is now grounded due to battle wounds. Rauffenstein, lamenting the end of an aristocratic era, tries to befriend de Boeldieu, but the French captain is already hatching a new escape plan - one in which he puts himself in danger to allow the others to escape. GRAND ILLUSION was the first foreign film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

Original Release

06/04/1937

US Release

09/12/1937

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Cast

Jean Gabin Le lieutenant Maréchal
Dita Parlo Elsa
Pierre Fresnay Le captaine de Boeldieu
Erich von Stroheim Le captaine von Rauffenstein
Georges Péclet Le serrurier
Werner Florian Le sergent Arthur
Jean Dasté L'instituteur
Sylvain Itkine Le lieutenant Demolder
Marcel Dalio Le lieutenant Rosenthal
Julien Carette Cartier - l'acteur / Cartier, l'acteur
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jean Renoir

Writers

Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak

Cast

Jean Gabin Le lieutenant Maréchal
Dita Parlo Elsa
Pierre Fresnay Le captaine de Boeldieu
Erich von Stroheim Le captaine von Rauffenstein
Georges Péclet Le serrurier
Werner Florian Le sergent Arthur
Jean Dasté L'instituteur
Sylvain Itkine Le lieutenant Demolder
Marcel Dalio Le lieutenant Rosenthal
Julien Carette Cartier - l'acteur / Cartier, l'acteur
Gaston Modot L'ingénieur
Jacques Becker L'officier anglais
Habib Benglia Le sénégalais
Pierre Blondy Un soldat
Albert Brouett Un prisonnier
George Forster Maison-Neuve
Georges Fronval Le soldat allemand qui tue le capitaine de Boeldieu
Karl Heil Un officier de la forteresse
Carl Koch L'ordonnance de von Rauffenstein
Claude Sainval Le capitaine Ringis

Producers

Editors

Marthe Huguet, Renée Lichtig, Marguerite Renoir

1939 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
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