Grand Illusion


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Grand Illusion

  1. Saturday, November 22, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Jean Gabin in Jean Renoir's GRAND ILLUSION (1937). Courtesy Rialto Pictures. Playing 5/11-5/24
The digital restoration of Jean Renoir’s masterpiece will be presented in honor of its 75th anniversary. The setting is WWI and a POW camp, occupied by a French flyboy (Jean Gabin) and aristocratic staff observer (Pierre Fresnay) after they’re shot down by an equally aristocratic German (Erich von Stroheim). Partly inspired by stories of the air ace who had saved Renoir’s life in the war, the film is a celebration of the brotherhood of man, across class and frontiers, as well a kind of elegy for an international aristocracy. One of the legends of cinema, Grand Illusion now looks and sounds better than ever. French language with English subtitles. (2K DCP presentation) Special thanks to the Institut Français in Paris with support from Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.