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One of the most acclaimed films of all time, and a powerful anti-war statement, Jean Renoir's profoundly humanist La Grande Illusion remains as vibrant, exciting, and wise today as it was when it was released in 1937.

Set in the German prison camps of WWI, the film stars Jean Gabin as Maréchal, and Marcel Dalio as Rosenthal. Like the charming aristocrat Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay), these two French aviators were shot down and now spend most of their time escaping from German prison camps before inevitably being recaptured. Between escapes, they do what they can to amuse themselves, but after a tunnel they've dug is discovered, the three are sent to Wintersborn, a forbidding fortress of a prison commanded by former ace pilot Von Rauffenstein (Erich Von Stroheim). Von Rauffenstein cannot help but strike up a friendship with Captain de Boeldieu, a kindred spirit from the doomed nobility.

one of the first prison escape movies, 'gand illusion' is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. jean renoir's antiwar masterpiece stars jean gabin and pierre fresnay as french soldiers held in a world war i german prison camp, and erich von stroheim as the unforgettable captain von rauffenstein. following a smash theatrical re-release, criterion is proud to present 'grand illusion' in a new special edition, with beautifully restored digital transfer.

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Director Jean Renoir
Actor Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich Von Stroheim, Julien Carette
Label Criterion Collection
Genre Drama
Content DVD
FSK / age rating from age 16
Publication date 16.11.1999
Edition b/w, Criterion Collection
Audio French (Mono)
Subtitles English
Extras Biographies, Theatrical trailer, Audio commentary, Commentary
Length 114 Minutes
Screen 1.33:1
Year of production 1937
Original title La grande illusion
Version US Version
Region code 0

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