Grand Illusion was the masterpiece that won Renoir enormous acclaim
and admiration in the United States. A moving drama about a group of
War I POW's trying to escape from a German prison camp, it is perhaps
the greatest antiwar film ever made. Starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay
and Eric Von Stroheim.
an edited 60-second clip
DVD - The Criterion Collection
- Newly restored digital transfer, created from the long-lost camera
- A rare theatrical trailer in which Jean Renoir discusses both GRAND
ILLUSION and his personal war experiences
- Audio essay by film historian Peter Cowie
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- Archival radio presentation
- Renoir and Erich von Stroheim accept GRAND ILLUSION'S Best Foreign
Film honors at the 1938 New York Film Critics Awards
- Press book excerpts: Renoir's letter "to the projectionist,"
casts, an essay on Renoir by von Stroheim and essays about the film's
title and recently recovered camera negative
- Restoration demonstration
- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
Ebert's essay on this DVD Classic.
Black & White
Language: French (English subtitles)