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Grand Illusion ()

La grande illusion (original title)
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During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress... See more »

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Le lieutenant Maréchal
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Elsa
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Le captaine de Boeldieu
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Le captaine von Rauffenstein (as Eric von Stroheim)
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Cartier - l'acteur (as Carette)
Georges Péclet ...
Le serrurier (as Peclet)
Werner Florian ...
Le sergent Arthur
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L'instituteur (as Daste)
Sylvain Itkine ...
Le lieutenant Demolder (as Itkine)
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L'ingénieur (as Modot)
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Le lieutenant Rosenthal (as Dalio)
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L'officier anglais (uncredited)
Habib Benglia ...
Le sénégalais (uncredited)
Pierre Blondy ...
Un soldat (uncredited)
Albert Brouett ...
Un prisonnier (uncredited)
George Forster ...
Maison-Neuve (uncredited)
Georges Fronval ...
Le soldat allemand qui tue le capitaine de Boeldieu (uncredited)
Karl Heil ...
Un officier de la forteresse (uncredited)
Carl Koch ...
L'ordonnance de von Rauffenstein (uncredited)
Little Peters ...
La petite fille d'Elsa (uncredited)
Claude Sainval ...
Le capitaine Ringis (uncredited)
Michel Salina ...
(uncredited)
Claude Vernier ...
L'officer prussien (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean Renoir

Written by

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Charles Spaak ... (scenario and dialogue) &
Jean Renoir ... (scenario and dialogue)

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Albert Pinkovitch ... producer (uncredited)
Frank Rollmer ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Joseph Kosma ... (music)

Cinematography by

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Christian Matras ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Marthe Huguet ... film editor (as Huguet)
Renée Lichtig
Marguerite Renoir ... film editor (as Margueritte)

Production Design by

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Eugène Lourié ... (as Lourié)

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Eugène Lourié ... (as Lourié)

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René Decrais ... (costumes) (as Decrais)

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Raffels ... make-up

Production Management

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Raymond Blondy ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jacques Becker ... assistant director
Robert Rips ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Alexandre Laurié ... props (as Lourié)
Raymond Pillon ... props (as Pillon)

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Joseph de Bretagne ... sound engineer (as De Bretagne)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean Bourgoin ... assistant cameraman (as Bourgoin)
Ernest Bourreaud ... assistant cameraman (as Bourreaud)
Claude Renoir ... assistant cameraman
Sam Levin ... set photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Suzy Berton ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Maurice Barnathan ... location manager (as Barnathan)

Music Department

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Emile Vuillermoz ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

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Pierre Blondy ... general manager
Françoise Giroud ... script girl (as Gourdji)
Carl Koch ... technical consultant
Robert Rips ... set manager
Herman G. Weinberg ... subtitler: English (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... Written by Yepok

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Taglines A Great Drama of Human Emotions See more »
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Also Known As
  • Grand Illusion (Canada, English title)
  • La Grande Illusion (United States)
  • La Grande Illusion (Japan, English title)
  • The Grand Illusion (World-wide, English title)
  • La Grande Illusion (World-wide, English title)
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  • 113 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Joseph Goebbels made sure that the film's print was one of the first things seized by the Germans when they occupied France. He referred to Jean Renoir as "Cinematic Public Enemy Number 1". For many years it was assumed that the film had been destroyed in an Allied air raid in 1942. However, a German film archivist named Frank Hansel, then a Nazi officer in Paris, had actually smuggled it back to Berlin. Then when the Russians entered Berlin in 1945, the film found its way to an archive in Moscow. When Renoir came to restore his film in the 1960s, he knew nothing of Hansel's acquisition and was working from an old muddy print. Purely by coincidence at the same time, the Russian archive swapped some material with an archive in Toulouse. Included in that exchange was the original negative print. However, because so many prints of the film existed at the time, it would be another 30 years before anyone realised that the version in Toulouse was actually the original negative. See more »
Goofs When Boeldieu is dead, Rauffenstein wants to close his eyes with his hand. When the hand of Rauffenstein gets close to Boeldieu, his eye moves. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into La monnaie de l'absolu (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Si tu veux marguerite See more »
Quotes Capt. de Boeldieu: For me it's simple. A golf course is for golf. A tennis court is for tennis. A prison camp is for escaping.
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