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
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.
In the Film exhibition Critical Favorites: The New York Film Critics Circle at 75
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