La Grande Illusion (1937) IMDb

Categorization

Anti-war drama with very little action.

Subject

Life and escape attempts in a series of officers' prison camps, where the Germans herd together various nationalities at some point during WW1.

Commentary

Nice characters, ironies and one-line incisions into various illusions. The director's experiments with realism are fruitful, with a few glaring exceptions (a sharp spotlight stands in for the natural light of a lantern).

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