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FILM SCREENINGS

  • Grand Illusion

    1937. France. Jean Renoir. 94 min.

Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building



  • Grand Illusion

    1937. France. Directed by Jean Renoir. Screenplay by Renoir, Charles Spaak. With Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Eric von Stroheim, Marcel Dalio. “No less a personage than Franklin Delano Roosevelt hailed Renoir’s Grand Illusion as a notable contribution to world peace, but as Renoir himself ruefully remarked, three years later the world was at war again. Nonetheless, it remains a testament to the talents of Gabin, Fresnay, and Dalio on the French side, and von Stroheim and Dita Parlo on the German side in forging a hopeful Franco-German fraternity that has endured cinematically through war and holocaust to this day” (Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer). NYFCC Best Foreign Film, 1938. In French, German; English subtitles. 94 min.