Friday, December 3, 2010

Grand Ilusion, by Jean Renoir (1937)

   The Camaraderie among POWs in the first war concentration camps. The movie takes the french prisoner's standpoint. It shows a sort of idealized camaraderie among the frenchmen and the ruling Germans.

   The camp is run by a character player by Eric von Stromhein. Jean Gabin plays the good guy, and very well at that.

   The movies' mood looks too good to be true, or accurate. But the amazing long shots and camera sweeps, are the work of a master. OK, it's all  a big lie, but it looks really nice and fun...

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