La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) Reviews

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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.
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.
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."
August 15, 2012
often contrasted to All Quiet on the Western Front which has a similar message but told with a very different perspective
August 10, 2012
Like Universal's Oscar winner 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1930), 'La Grande Illusion' was banned in Germany by Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels. See it and sing 'La Marseillaise.'
July 6, 2012
See it and you may begin to appreciate the sorts of standards for greatness that the cinema is capable of setting.
June 20, 2012
a monumental humanist work
June 7, 2012
It's among the most understated anti-war films ever made, effortlessly humanistic but far too subtle to indulge in preaching.
June 7, 2012
Its very simplicity of utterance gives it a purity that makes other films that try to express similar sentiments feel forced and obvious.
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 7, 2012
Renoir's 1937 anti-war masterpiece created a new genre, the POW movie, and with his 1939 La Rgle du jeu constitutes a diptych of unparalleled excellence.
April 6, 2012
A timeless classic of acting and filmmaking genius that uses the artificiality of war to explore the very construct of society, and is a classic must-see.
April 6, 2012
April 6, 2012
The great illusion is that these men of the officer class are somehow different from the masses who suffered the bloodiest of wars. Renoir proves that they are not.
April 5, 2012
A vividly humanist, anti-war classic.
April 5, 2012
A sorrowful, acutely thoughtful, and wholly imperishable masterpiece...
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