In which I attempt to watch every film in The Criterion Collection and end up watching a lot that aren't. Click here for the rating system.


La Grande Illusion

“A gentlemanly prison-break.”

Jean Renoir, son of painter Pierre Auguste Renoir, directed this film in 1937. Set during WWI, British officers attempt a prison-break from a German POW camp. One of the most fascinating looks at social stratification I have seen. There is only one inducement strong enough to make you want to watch this film. And here it is: BEHOLD!

Now you have to watch it...

Favorite Moments: Dining with the enemy, clipping the geranium, farm wife.


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