Grand Illusion

  • Thur Nov 1
    7:00 • WSH
  • Fri Nov 2
    7:15 • WSH
Grand Illusion
Jean Renoir
Jean Gabin, Erich Von Stroheim

Banned by Goebbels and Mussolini, this classic French film, screening in a special 75th anniversary print, studies the subtle barriers of class among a group of prisoners and their captors during World War I. An aristocratic French officer finds he has more in common with his German counterpart than with his fellow prisoners, a proletarian (Gabin) and a Jew. An escape attempt shatters the illusions of friendship and harmony they have tried to sustain in the face of war and its obligatory nationalism. Winner of the Academy Award and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Grand Illusion “is one of the true masterpieces of the screen.” (Pauline Kael) “If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be Grand Illusion.” (Orson Welles)


35mm bw
1 hour 51 minutes
release year/country
1937 France