Grand Illusion

Dir. by Jean Renoir (1937). One of the masterpieces of 1930s cinema, Renoir's elegy for the death of the old European aristocracy, set in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War I boasts magnificent peformances by Erich von Stroheim as the camp commander and Jean Gabin as the French lieutenant who escapes. This pacifist film was banned by Hitler and praised by Roosevelt.
Mon., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., 2009

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