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La Grande Illusion: Special Edition

Released on 13 November 2006

Featuring: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo & Pierre Fresnay

Format: DVD | Rating: Universal Suitable for All

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During WWI, three 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...

One of the very first prison escape movies, La Grande Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made.
  • Introduction from Ginette Vincendeau
  • Introduction from Jean Renoir
  • Sur Un Air De Charleston and La Petite Marchande D'Allumette short films by Jean Renoir
  • Original theatrical trailer

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 As good a film as you will see

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An important film. Regarded rightly in my opnion, as one of the best ever made. I believe French films of this decade (especially the first half) mined a place and feeling never captured again. Renoir made some astounding movies and this for me is his best work. Anti war and in such a beautiful way. Just buy this, especially at this amazing price. This film will touch you in a way that none of todays films will, with a view on humanity and not just some lavish CGI filled empty vessel.

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ActorsJean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim, Julien Carette, George Peclet & Werner Florian
DirectorJean Renoir
CertificateUniversal Suitable for All
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesFrench - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.