*Le Caporal épinglé (The Elusive Corporal)*. 1962. France. Directed by Jean Renoir.  Courtesy Rialto Pictures/Studiocanal

Le Caporal épinglé (The Elusive Corporal). 1962. France. Directed by Jean Renoir. 108 min.

Screenplay by Renoir and Guy Lefranc, from the novel by Jacques Perret. With Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Brasseur, Claude Rich, Jean Carmet. Set in a WWII prison camp, this philosophical comedy of manners under duress compares with the director’s darker masterpiece Grand Illusion (1937). Returning to the black-and-white palette of his early films, Renoir documents his hero’s repeated escape attempts and the grave punishments that follow, exuding a signature faith in humanity over class difference and politics. The poster commissioned by London’s Academy Cinema focuses on an expressive drawing of the film’s indomitable lead (Cassel).

  1. Sunday, August 23, 2015,
    5:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
  2. Wednesday, August 19, 2015,
    7:45 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Scorsese Screens.