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Grand Illusion

Jean Renoir

 
Grand Illusion (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1937
  • 114 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #1

One of the very first prison escape movies, Grand Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein.

Cast

Lieutenant MaréchalJean Gabin
ElsaDita Parlo
Captain de BoeldieuPierre Fresnay
Captain von RauffensteinErich von Stroheim
Cartier, the actorJulien Carette
The schoolmasterJean Dasté
DemolderSylvain Itkine
CharpentierGeorges Peclet
The engineerGaston Modot
RosenthalMarcel Dalio

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • Newly restored digital transfer, created from the long-lost camera negative
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • A rare theatrical trailer in which Jean Renoir discusses both Grand Illusion and his personal war experiences
  • Audio essay by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Archival radio presentation: Renoir and Erich von Stroheim accept Grand Illusion’s Best Foreign Film honors at the 1938 New York Film Critics Awards
  • Press book excerpts: Renoir’s letter “to the projectionist,” cast bios, an essay on Renoir by von Stroheim, and essays about the film’s title and recently recovered camera negative
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    Cover illustration by Paul Davis

Film Essays

Grand Illusion

By Peter CowieNovember 22, 1999

Grand Illusion is the masterpiece that earned Jean Renoir enormous acclaim in the United . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Grand Illusion

By Peter CowieNovember 22, 1999

Grand Illusion is the masterpiece that earned Jean Renoir enormous acclaim in the United . . . Read more »