- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: McFarland; Critical edition (November 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786462701
- ISBN-13: 978-0786462704
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Search of La Grande Illusion: A Critical Appreciation of Jean Renoir's Elusive Masterpiece Critical Edition
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About the Author
Nicholas Macdonald, as an independent filmmaker, made a series of low-budget 16mm political films in the early 1970s. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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In his preface, Macdonald quotes Renoir’s delight in a title that was “so open to interpretation” and allowed “the audience to create, to be an author.” Macdonald goes on to quote from Renoir’s memoir: “Every spectator must be able in his own fashion to interpret both the situations and the general sense of the piece.” Macdonald has taken this invitation to heart, coming up with his own take on what the film is about and his belief that the romantic interlude at the end of the film is the richest glimpse of Renoir’s longing for shared humanity to triumph over nationalism and class differences.
In Search of La Grande Illusion is dense with details including the time Renoir spent in Hollywood with its stultifying effect on his creativity and individualistic approach to film making. This is a book very much written for golden age film buffs and aficionados.