La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) Reviews

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November 3, 2018
The greatest World War I movie ever made (and there were lots of good ones)...
January 3, 2018
This elegy for the death of the old European aristocracy is one of the true masterpieces of the screen.
June 7, 2012
It's among the most understated anti-war films ever made, effortlessly humanistic but far too subtle to indulge in preaching.
May 17, 2012
A model of simplicity and grace, with emotional effects that move you when you least expect it, the kind of great film that only a master can pull off.
May 8, 2012
Funny, heart-wrenching, nail-biting, caustic and profound, touting the futility of armed combat while turning imprisonment and escape into a microcosm for society's aspirations and contradictions.
April 5, 2012
November 27, 2018
Unstructured, amateurish nonsense coalesces into meaning and beauty. The variety show's foolishness doesn't just stand in for the civilization the war leaves behind-it becomes its living proof.
September 6, 2014
...highlights the absurdity of war, or possibly the absurdity of civilized behavior when war is going on just outside.
January 18, 2013
Renoir, who invokes so skillfully these terrifying images of disintegration, offers in contrast only the old ideal of man's brotherhood, and his film does not tell us whether it is illusion or reality.
September 13, 2012
Back in 1952, both Orson Welles and David Lean cited the movie as one of their 10 all-time favorite films. Still, not everyone was a fan: Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's rat-faced Minister of Propaganda, declared it "Cinematic Public Enemy No. 1."
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