La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) Reviews

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April 5, 2012
A sorrowful, acutely thoughtful, and wholly imperishable masterpiece...
April 5, 2012
Tragic. Moving. Funny. A pure joy.
April 5, 2012
April 4, 2012
The film makes its moral point about the futility of combat by emphasising the interconnectedness of all humanity via such shared experiences as hunger, desire and friendship. It's also a ripping yarn with a vein of charming and sometimes risqu humour.
April 3, 2012
La Grande Illusion retains its power as an example of European camaraderie and co-operation.
March 26, 2012
It ranks proudly alongside The Rules Of The Game as Renoir at his stunning best.
February 8, 2012
La Grande Illusion is a sublimely poignant and lucidly insightful commentary on the social legacy of the Great War in Europe.
February 8, 2012
Poetically photographed and poignantly performed, this is a film rich in humour and, above all, humanity towards its characters. Even 60 years on, it remains deeply moving.
February 8, 2012
It's still one of the key humanist expressions to be found in movies: sad, funny, exalting, and glorious.
February 8, 2012
It's an excellent film, with Renoir's usual looping line and deft shifts of tone, though today the balance of critical opinion has shifted in favor of the greater darkness and filigree of The Rules of the Game.
February 8, 2012
Another Renoir masterpiece, rightfully ensconced nearly the tops of many lists of the greatest films ever.
March 26, 2009
An artistically masterful feature, the picture breathes the intimate life of warriors on both sides during the [First] World War.
February 5, 2008
Among many distinctions, Renoir's anti-war masterpiece, an elegy for the death of aristocracy, was the first foreign-language film to be nominated for Best Picture Oscar--Orson Welles said that if he had to choose one great film, it would be Renoir's.
June 25, 2007
The script sears like a whip-crack, with one-liners peppering the action, yet never getting in the way of the film's emotional depth.
June 12, 2007
One of the greatest anti-war films ever
November 30, 2006
Superb Renoir work should be seen by all.
March 9, 2006
February 9, 2006
Renoir films have a way of talking about one thing while being about another.
October 27, 2005
Unforgettable.
October 18, 2005
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