Grand Illusion (La grande illusion)
Dir. Jean Renoir. 1937, 113 mins. 35mm. With Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio, Erich von Stroheim. Jean Renoir’s undisputed anti-war masterpiece, The Grand Illusion is also one of the most perfectly cast and most entertaining movies ever made. Yet it was only seen in poor prints (and poorly translated) for decades before its reissue by Rialto. Man-of-the-people Lieutenant Maréchal (Gabin) teams up with Jewish aristocrat Lieutenant Rosenthal (Dalio) to escape a World War I German POW camp run by Captain von Rauffenstein (Von Stroheim).