GRAND ILLUSION

1937 ** 114 mins.

I know a lot of the other cinephiles out there will think I'm crazy for this review, but it is what it is. Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion is considered by many to be a masterpiece of cinema. I thought it was a long, incomprehensible mess. The characters were irritating and uninterestsing, and their plight just didn't really make sense. Okay, so these guys are trying to break out of prison in World War I, but they seem so happy together and in prison. Why are they trying to break out? On a personal level, I would probably BOMB this film, but I gave it two stars because there are plenty of people out there who think this film is brilliant. I'm just not one of them.
Not Rated.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Starring:
Jean Gabin + Dita Parlo + Pierre Fresnay + Erich von Stroheim + Julien Carette + Jean Daste + Sylvain Itkine + Georges Peclet + Gaston Modot + Marcel Dalio

Screenplay by
Charles Spaak and Jean Renoir

Directed by
Jean Renoir


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