Screening – “Grand Illusion”
234 W Hancock Ave
Athens, GA 30601
The first foreign language film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and frequently hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir’s anti-war masterpiece is a powerful and eloquent message of pacifism set during the first World War.
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.
This stunning 4k digital restoration is presented in recognition of the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, co-sponsored by the Film Studies Department and the French Program at UGA.