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Directed by the great Jean Renoir, "La Grande Illusion" (1937) is the finest of all anti-war films and a cinematic masterwork. This title shows how, not content to register the world as it is, the film plays off competing historical possibilities against each other, facing the public with their responsibility to shape the future.

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"La Grande Illusion": French Film Guide by Martin O'Shaughnessy

Directed by the great Jean Renoir, "La Grande Illusion" (1937) is the finest of all anti-war films and a cinematic masterwork. Other films oppose war by showing its horror. Renoir's film holds the horror at arm's length to give us a clearer view of it. A prisoner-of-war drama, with brilliant performances from leading stars of its period, including Erich von Stroheim and Jean Gabin, the film combines popular appeal with a formal brilliance that allows a complex examination of how classes, nations and genders relate to one another. In this comprehensive and readable companion to the film, Martin O'Shaughnessy underlines its sharp intelligence. He shows how, not content to register the world as it is, the film plays off competing historical possibilities against each other, facing the public with their responsibility to shape the future. Locating the film in the context of Renoir's career, O'Shaughnessy discusses its use of stars, production history, set design and reception. He compares known drafts of the film with a previously undiscovered story outline, casting important new light on its genesis. Stressing how it spoke to its times, he also demonstrates how it speaks to us now.

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'Ginette Vincendeau has assembled an elite corps of film scholars to address a marvellous array of modern and classic French films with the close-up scrutiny they deserve.' - Dudley Andrew

About Martin O'Shaughnessy


The author of this title is the Reader in Film Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is one of the leading international specialists on Renoir and is the author of "Jean Renoir" (2000) and "The New Face of Political Cinema" (2007).

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GOR010862097
"La Grande Illusion": French Film Guide by Martin O'Shaughnessy
Martin O'Shaughnessy
Cine-File French Film Guides
Used - Like New
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2009-11-30
128
1848850573
9781848850576
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