Grand Illusion – Criterion [DVD] (1937) *NEW*

Grand Illusion – Criterion [DVD] (1937) *NEW*


One of the very first prison escape movies, Grand Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay, as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein. Following a smash theatrical re-release, Criterion is proud to present Grand Illusion in a new special edition, with a beautifully restored digital transfer.

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A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin), grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim), who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

La Grande Illusion

Directed by Jean Renoir
Produced by
  • Uncredited:Albert Pinkovitch
  • Frank Rollmer
Written by
Music by Joseph Kosma
Cinematography Christian Matras
Edited by Marthe Huguet
Marguerite Renoir
Réalisations d'Art Cinématographique (RAC)
Distributed by
  • World Pictures (original U.S. release)
  • Janus Films ("later re-release")
Release date
  • 8 June 1937
Running time
114 minutes
Country France
  • French
  • German
  • English
Box office $174,065 (US re-release)

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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