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).