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La Grande Illusion [Blu-ray]
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The transfer is from an original camera negative thought to be lost for decades and it can't be rivalled for image clarity or sound quality (given that this is a 62-year old film). The DVD version of "Grand Illusion" looks as close as we can hope to its original state.
The film itself is a poignant examination of the conflict between class and national identity during World War I. Three French officers - an aristocrat (Pierre Fresnay), a rich Jewish banker (Marcel Dalio), and a working-class capitian (Jean Gabin) - are captured and imprisoned by a refined, arrogant German officer (von Stroheim). The French and German aristocrats share a deeper cultural and affetionate bond than they do with the men of their respective countries. When the French captives plan an escape, the aristocratic officer risks himself for a nationalism he doesn't believe in. The scenes between Fresnay and von Stroheim, arguably some of the tenderest scenes in the movie, display a ritual of noblesse oblige that seems absurd today (the people in the cinema where I saw it laughed at these men's tender missives to each other). And, indeed, these aristocratic manners are patently absurd in the theater of modern warfare.Read more ›
Studio Canal's blu ray of La Grande Illusion is really good looking, but I feel it could look better. I had the awesome pleasure of recently seeing this great masterpiece on the big screen at Dallas' Angelika Theater with a gorgeous print that I had trouble believing this film was made in 1937! Fantastic presentation all around. I feel that print was not used for this blu ray. If you like films looking like video, then this is for you. I want these older films to look like movies with the grain still intact. Looks as if Studio Canal might have used some noise reduction (can't say for sure, just looks it) to remove the fine grain that was intact with the film element. Is it possible to clean these prints too much? I still prefer Criterion's print on DVD over this blu ray.
The picture is not the only problem. The very small subtitles were now a problem.Read more ›
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To really appreciate this film, you must understand the historical context and the culture of the time. Officers were treat differently than regular soldiers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Senior653
La Grande Illusion is an essay, written and drawn on celluloid film by the great French film director Jean Renoir, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Spaak. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Glenn F. Read, Jr.
An incredibly important film. A must see for those with an interest in history.Published 3 months ago by David M. Halstead
The story line was good and lightly touched on social issues of this time.Published 4 months ago by Maia
My review is not for the movie itself, which is 5 STAR, but the so called "extras". I am glad I own the Criterion DVD, for it contains the introduction by the director... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas H. Richard
Having just experienced this film in 2015, I don't have the same nostalgia for it as some other reviewers, but is indeed a great film with universal characters and themes that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Hamilton
It was a good film. The quality was nice and clear and the sound was good. There was also subtitles in English so you can understand it. Good quality!Published 8 months ago by Madlyn Lahoud
Really good movie and I would suggest anyone that is into old movies such as this one is. I would watch it over and over again. Thank you amazon.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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