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 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...
April 5, 2012
Tragic. Moving. Funny. A pure joy.
April 5, 2012
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.
March 26, 2009
An artistically masterful feature, the picture breathes the intimate life of warriors on both sides during the [First] World War.
February 9, 2006
Renoir films have a way of talking about one thing while being about another.
June 12, 2003
Renoir has created a strange and interesting film, but he owes much to his cast.
October 3, 2002
February 21, 2002
A moving and inspiring story of soldiers stuck in a POW camp, with stunning direction from Renoir, getting performances from Fresnay and von Stonheim in particular. that were well overlooked come Oscar time.
January 1, 2000
I can't comment yet again on this magnificent work except to say that its account of French prisoners in German hands during World War I seems now even more soaringly elegiac.
January 1, 2000
With no combat real combat scene, only a single death and its fragile humanist heart sewn on its sleeve, there's never been a war film of the intimate magnitude of Jean Renoir's Grand Illision.
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