La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion
  • 1937
  • France
  • 1h 57min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jean Renoir
  • Written by: Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak
  • Cast: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim
  • Language: French

Renoir's classic prison camp escape story is more than the strong anti-war statement that won it praise at the time of its release; it is also an ironic social analysis highlighting class differentiation.

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Kirkcaldy Film Festival 2014 - WW1 Day

Early Bird Discount - 10% off all tickets booked before 1 Sep

Post show talk with the Herald's Mark Smith

Directed by Jean Renoir

Starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

One of the greatest anti-war movies ever made! Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay are French officers shot down in Germany andplaced in a supposedly escape-proof castle-prison under the eye of German officer Erich von Stroheim.

And yet that doesn't stop them from trying to escape, or their captor for admiring them for doing so.

Running Time 106 mins, Subtitles

After Show Talk

After the screening, Mark Smith – journalist with The Herald and an expert on WW1 films and television shows – will discuss this and other movies.

Download the full festival programme.

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