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23 May 1962 (France) See more »
An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Le caporal / The Corporal

Claude Brasseur ... 'Papa' / 'Pop'

O.E. Hasse ... Le voyageur ivre dans le train

Claude Rich ... Ballochet
Jacques Jouanneau ... Penche-à-gauche
Sacha Briquet ... L'évadé grimé en vielle femme
Raymond Jourdan ... Hippolyte Dupieu

Guy Bedos ... Le prisonnier qui bégaye
Philippe Castelli ... Le prisonnier électricien
Gérard Darrieu ... L'homme qui louche / The cross-eyed man
Lucien Raimbourg ... L'employé de la gare
François Darbon ... Un paysan / The last man

Cornelia Froboess ... Erika Schmidt (as Conny Froboess)
Elisabeth Marcus
Elisabeth Stiepl (as Elisabeth Stiepel)
Helmut Janatsch
Mario David ... Caruso

Jean Carmet ... Guillaume
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Fux ... Surveyor directing two men working with measuring tape (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billy Kearns ... Un garde / Guard (uncredited)
Sepp Löwinger ... Man blowing whistle and announcing lunch (uncredited)
Raoul Retzer ... Disciplinary camp officer commanding humiliating exercises (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
Writing credits
Jacques Perret (novel)

Jean Renoir (adaptation) &
Guy Lefranc (adaptation)

Jean Renoir (dialogue)

Charles Spaak  uncredited

Produced by
Adry De Carbuccia .... producer (as Adry de Carbuccia)
Roland Girard .... producer
Georges Glass .... delegate producer: Austria
Original Music by
Joseph Kosma 
Cinematography by
Georges Leclerc 
Film Editing by
Renée Lichtig 
Production Design by
Wolf Witzemann 
Makeup Department
Ladislaus Valicek .... makeup artist (as Ladisl Valicek)
Production Management
René Gaston Vuattoux .... production manager (as René G. Vuattoux)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Egon Kieffer .... assistant director (as J.E. Kieffer)
Guy Lefranc .... assistant director
Marc Maurette .... assistant director
Paulo Rocha .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eugène Herrly .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jacques Bissières .... sound assistant (as Jacques Bissière)
Gaston Demède .... sound assistant
Jacques Gérardot .... sound assistant
Antoine Petitjean .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Eugène Herrly .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Börczök .... still photographer (as Stefan Borcsök)
Gilbert Chain .... camera operator
Robert Fraisse .... assistant camera
Antoine Georgakis .... assistant camera
Jean-Louis Picavet .... chief camera operator
André Moindrot .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Madeleine Lecompere .... assistant editor
Music Department
Serge Baudo .... conductor
Other crew
Josef W. Beyer .... general manager (as J.W. Beyer)
Charlotte Lefèvre .... script girl (as Charlotte Lefèvre Vuattoux)
Yvonne Toumayeff .... administrator
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le caporal épinglé" - France (original title)
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90 min | 105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex)
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Referenced in Mississippi Mermaid (1969)See more »


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Pure Cynicism, 11 March 2013
Author: LobotomousMonk from United States

Le Caporal opens with a montage of WWII documentary footage. "Honor and glory to the survivors" provides a nice interplay between themes in Grande Illusion and more personal philosophies regarding the condition of the human race (Renoir's 'humanism'). The drama moves at a relatively slow pace and the performances are full of affect. More documentary footage has a voice-over narration in French but from the perspective of the Nazis. There is an element of self-reflexivity to the film not just through the use of documentary footage and a more psychologically-based stylistic system but also infused into the themes of coercion and resistance. Le Caporal is more concerned with individualism than Grande Illusion which focused on group dynamics. This is underscored by the obsessive compulsive worry that one character shows for the safety of his cows, regardless of what is happening in the moment. The story does not track the multiple characters but instead folds their offscreen progress in with the corporal at regular intervals. He becomes a transient in their lives (hence elusive). There is a disconnect in this regard and a repetition to the structure of the narrative that underscores this disconnect. The graceful allusions in Regle with Schumacher are replaced by purely cynical portrayals of Germans (the drunken warmonger states "I'm probably a better German than you all"). Scorsese commented that Le Caporal Epingle is "in a different emotional key than La Grande Illusion".

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