La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion
La Grande Illusion

Year

1937

Duration

109 minutes

Genres

Drama, War Films

Language

French (English subtitles)

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Synopsis

One of the finest films ever made about the harsh realities of war. During World War One, three French soldiers - aristocratic De Boeldier, ordinary working man Marechal, and banker Rosenthal - are held in a prison camp, from which they are determined to escape by digging a tunnel. The prison commander is von Rauffenstein, an aristocratic German, who treats De Boeldier with respect, seeing him as a peer despite them being prisoner and guard. This is a deeply moving tale of camaraderie, bravery and sacrifice, which shows the humanity of people on both sides of the war.

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Contains mild violence and language.

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