Grand Illusion

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin), grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim), who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu. Since its debut in 1937, Grand Illusion has consistently been called one of the greatest films ever made by critics and historians alike.


Grand Illusion



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Film Info

Jean Renoir, 1937, France, 114 minutes, NR

Genre: War
Cast Members: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim