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Reviews & features: Erich von Stroheim

Revisiting: La Grande Illusion

4 Apr 2012

The chance to see Jean Renoir’s eloquent anti-war statement on the big screen should not be missed

It’s usually described as an anti-war statement, and La Grande Illusion is certainly and eloquently that, but Jean Renoir’s masterpiece – re-released this month – is warmer and less didactic than that tag suggests. The film makes its moral point about…