Studio Canal presents one of the greatest war films of all time; Jean Renoir’s classic film LA GRANDE ILLUSION. In celebration of it’s 75th Anniversary release with a full restoration it will be appearing back in cinemas on April 6th in the United Kingdom. Don’t miss out and be sure to catch this film classic on the big screen!
Aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay), mechanic Lieutenant Marechal (Jean Gabin) and wealthy Jewish banker Rosenthal (Marcel Dalio) are all thrown together, despite their vastly different backgrounds, as prisoners of the Germans in World War I. Separated by a successful escape, they are recaptured and reunited in an imposing fortress commanded by German aristocrat Van Rauffenstein (Erich Von Stroheim). Boeldieu and Rauffenstein strike up a friendship that reflects their belonging to a cultural and social elite that they both know is on the way out. However this rapport soon confuses loyalties and threatens Boeldieu’s allegiances to the others, with tragic consequences.