GRAND ILLUSION / LA GRANDE ILLUSION

2015 ARCHIVE

Director: Jean Renoir
Cast: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Eric von Stroheim
Country: France
Year: 1937
Genre: Drama / Historic
Duration: 115 mins
Rating: G

La Grande Illusion is an optimistic, elegiac tragedy, looking at the great war and the crucial changes it wrought.

The Guardian

Synopsis

Legendary film director Orson Welles once said, “If I had to save only one film in the world, it would be Grand Illusion.”

Praised as one of the greatest films ever made, Grand Illusion is “an artistically masterful feature,” a brilliant hymn to fraternity and pacifism directed by the cult filmmaker Jean Renoir (The Rules of the Game), starring the influential Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein. Several escape attempts follow until the two soldiers are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress from which escape seems impossible.

Grand Illusion is a timeless, vividly humanist, anti-war masterpiece which created a new genre, the POW movie, and depicts “a generous view of what happens to human beings when they’re changing, when the world is changing around them and there’s nothing they can do about it.”

The film will screen around New Zealand in what Martin Scorsese calls “a magnificent restoration we should all be grateful for,” to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

Trailer

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO
Sat 21 Feb 12:30 PM

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Fri 27 Feb 2:30 PM
Mon 2 Mar 10:30 AM
Fri 6 Mar 2:15 PM

CHRISTCHURCH
Tue 3 Mar 10:30 AM
Sat 14 Mar 10:15 AM

NELSON
Tue 10 Mar 11:00 AM

TIMARU
Fri 13 Mar 11:00 AM

WELLINGTON
Wed 18 Mar 12:00 PM D
Thu 26 Mar 12:00 PM D

TAURANGA
Mon 16 Mar 10:30 AM

DUNEDIN
Mon 23 Mar 10:30 AM

HAVELOCK NORTH
Thu 26 Mar 10:30 AM

ARROWTOWN
Fri 3 Apr 11:00 AM

PALMERSTON NORTH
Mon 13 Apr 10:30 AM

HAMILTON
Sat 25 Apr 3:15 PM
D Deluxe Theatre