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La grande illusion (VOF)
Location
Main screening room
Date
February 24th, 2022
Duration
114 min
Cycle
Erich von Stroheim : seul en son royaume

Among the pioneers in the history of cinema, Erich von Stroheim is undoubtedly one of those who strived the most to invent his own myth. This hero of another time, who seemed to carry the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on his shoulders, was a remarkable inventor of forms, creating from his very first silent films gems of narration, carried by a breathtaking art of editing. Although he often acted in the films he directed, it was Greed, his great work in which he did not act, that made him the first cursed filmmaker. No version of this film corresponds exactly to the film he had made, which was quickly butchered. With the advent of talking pictures, he became a simple actor (of genius) crossing with his legendary silhouette countless films.

La grande illusion
Directed by
Jean Renoir
Language
French version
Actors
Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay
Origins
France
Year
1937
Duration
114 min
Genre
Drama, war
Format
Digital
Synopsis

First World War. Two French soldiers are taken prisoner by Commander von Rauffenstein, a refined and respectful German. Taken to a prison camp, they help their roommates dig a secret tunnel. But on the eve of their escape, the prisoners were transferred. They were finally taken to a high-security fortress run by von Rauffenstein. He treated the prisoners with courtesy, even befriending Boeldieu. But the French officers were planning a new escape.

La grande illusion
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Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir, est né à Paris le 15 septembre 1894 et est mort le 12 février 1979 à Beverly Hills. Deuxième fils du célèbre peintre Auguste Renoir, ses films ont profondément marqué les mutations du cinéma français entre 1930 et 1950, avant d'ouvrir la voie à la Nouvelle Vague. Après avoir combattu dans l'armée lors de la Première Guerre mondiale, il dirige sa femme et son frère aîné dans son premier film en 1924, La Fille de l'eau. Le succès n'est pas au rendez-vous mais le jeune Jean, passionné de cinéma, ne baisse pas les bras. Sa carrière décolle vraiment avec La Chienne, en 1931. La Grande illusion, avec Jean Gabin ou La Règle du jeu, sont considérés aujourd'hui comme des chefs-d'oeuvres majeurs du cinéma mondial. Au début des années 40, alors que la guerre est déclarée, il part s'installer à Hollywood. Il y réalise de nombreux films comme Vivre libre, L'Homme du Sud, Le Journal d'une femme de chambre, mais le succès n'est pas au rendez-vous. Il décide donc de revenir en France au début des années 50. Il tourne alors plusieurs chefs-d'oeuvre comme Le Carrosse d'or ou French Cancan. En 1962, il tourne son dernier film de cinéma,* Le Caporal épinglé.* En 1975, il reçoit un Oscar d'honneur pour l'ensemble de sa carrière, avant de mourir quatre ans plus tard à Beverly Hills, en Californie.

(Wikipedia)

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« The story of The Great Illusion is rigorously true and has been told to me by several of my war comrades… I am obviously talking about the one of 1914. In 1914, there had not yet been Hitler. There hadn't been the Nazis, who almost succeeded in making people forget that the Germans are also human beings. In 1914, the minds of men had not yet been distorted by totalitarian religions and racism. In some ways this world war was still a war of gentlemen, of well-bred people, I almost dare say a war. »
Jean Renoir
1946
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L'histoire du film est un véritable roman. Comme tant de grandes oeuvres, il s'en fallut de peu qu'il ne se fasse jamais.

Le Monde, 2012

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