• Grand Illusion

    1937. France. Jean Renoir. 94 min.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • 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.