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Grand Illusion


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim, Julien Carette
  • Directors: Jean Renoir
  • Writers: Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak
  • Producers: Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780020707
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,482 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted on Feb. 21 2004
Format: DVD
This movie shows a compassionate side to World War I This movie was made before WWII started so don't be surprised if the Germans seem a lot nicer. In it we have 2 men, a Catholic and a Jew escaping from a German POW camp during WWI. It is an excellent film and statred the popularity of prison escape movies.
One theme is the respect the German General had for his French counterpart in spite of the fact they were sworn enemies. It can also show that in war, that your enemies are people too.
The film is also viewed by some as a (failed) last cry to Germany (where it was banned) to avoid the destruction and senselessness of yet another war.
I am beginning to watch the Criterion Collection DVD's in order of the spine number and will review them when I have the chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Rubin on Feb. 4 2004
Format: DVD
Wonderful movie, amazing print quality, and one of the best commentary tracks (Peter Cowie) that I have heard.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This hard-to-get historical film by Jean Gablin is a treasure for history buffs. Very well done and highly recommended for those interested in the First World War relationships between the French and the German military.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy Tiphane on July 11 2003
Format: DVD
I watched La Grande Illusion several times, mostly on video. When I got the DVD I was amazed at how good the images were! Watch the restoration clips just to see how all the scratches that we have become accustomed to have been removed!
As to the movie I think this is one of the greatest ever made. Watch how the subjects of honor, camaraderie, and humanity are treated. Watch how they all get together around meals. Nobody likes the war, and enemies understand each other: they all want it to come to an end. After that, go read the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Judging from the wars we let happen, we have certainly not learned.
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By Reese McIntyre on April 14 2005
Format: DVD
Jean Renoir's GRAND ILLUSION has often been considered as the best movie ever made. It's not my personal opinion but it is evident that this WW1 movie is a masterpiece. If you haven't had yet the opportunity to admire Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay, it would be a fruitful idea to buy this DVD. The copy is the best copy one can find nowadays. Cleaned and restored by Criterion, it is simply perfect. And the sound ! No more shuffle nor bruises, a miracle. If, like me, you thought to know GRAND ILLUSION by heart, it will be like discovering a brand new movie.
Jean Renoir's masterpiece is a study about patriotism, about the frontiers, geographical or ethical, between nations and men. Why does Erich Von Stroheim, the German officer commander of the prisoner camp, develop a friendship with Pierre Fresnay, the French noble officer ? Will it be stronger than military duty ?
Charles Spaak's screenplay is first-class, the actors "over the top" and Criterion's extra features an homage to the possibilities of the DVD standard.
A DVD for your library. Of course.
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Format: DVD
grand illusion is so well known that is almost not worthy to comment on it other than it is the best war/antiwar film of all time bar none, and is also very funny. it has been copied by the great escape, stalag 17, paths of glory, just to name a few. so if you haven' t seen this; it is essential. if you have, you know exactly what i am talking about.
"quite frankly, i find the theatre is much to deep for me....i prefer bicycling"
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Format: DVD
The bitter and wonderful dialogues about the decadence and the primary and secondaries effects about the war support the structure of this brilliant movie.
*The miseries of the war brought the richness in my brain*, this sentenece is pronounced by Stroheim to the men in the remarkable sequence at the dinner.
Jean Renoir made his masterpiece around the hope and the enjoy of living, despite the horrors of the war. The message is clear : you must to follow your bliss even in the worst circunstances : no matter how awful be the world that surrounds you. The great men are not prisoners of the fate : they follow his principles and the powerful will struggles the fate and so it becomes a consequence of their acts , the point is that they are just a few .
Andrei Tarkovski wrote once this wisdom statement:
*The art is possible in the world due its no perfection : if the world was perfect the art would have no sense*.
Thta powerful statement is the meaning force that feeds the behavior of these men . May be they are not conscious about the spirit of the statement of Tarkovsky , but they are doing precisely that.
The great illusion is a big slap in the face about the WW1 : but beware this is not an anti belic flim : it goes beyond this simple aspect : we should expect fifteen years after for Jeux Interdits , another supreme film of Rene Clement , which reflects with greatness the slap about the WW2.
This film is not only an extraordinary work. It's a thousand carats jewel.
So it's timeless movie.
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By Emmett Miller on Jan. 10 2004
Format: DVD
There is no way to explain this films greatness in words, just buy it watch it, and tell people about it. let's put it this way, if you are an intellectual, genious, an artistic person, or are a singer, dancer, musician, you will love this, it appeals to the more elite and/or lowdown crowds alike!!! But generally speaking it will fly right over the middle class types heads!!! Essential Cinema!!!
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