Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion (1937)

A Great Drama of Human Emotions

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1937-06-04
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 652 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 54min
  • Language: Pусский
  • Production Company: Réalisation d'Art Cinématographique
  • Production Country: France
  • Director: Jean Renoir
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A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, 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, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

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  • Jean Gabin

    as Le lieutenant Maréchal
  • Pierre Fresnay

    as Le capitaine de Boëldieu
  • Erich von Stroheim

    as Le capitaine von Rauffenstein
  • Marcel Dalio

    as Le lieutenant Rosenthal
  • Dita Parlo

    as Elsa
  • Julien Carette

    as Cartier, l'acteur
  • Gaston Modot

    as L'ingénieur
  • Georges Péclet

    as Le serrurier
  • Werner Florian

    as Le sergent Arthur
  • Jean Dasté

    as L'instituteur
  • Sylvain Itkine

    as Le lieutenant Demolder
  • Jacques Becker

    as L'officier anglais
  • Habib Benglia

    as Le sénégalais
  • Pierre Blondy

    as Un soldat
  • Albert Brouett

    as Un prisonnier
  • Roger Forster

    as Maison-Neuve
  • Georges Fronval

    as Le soldat allemand qui vise le capitaine de Boëldieu
  • Karl Heil

    as Un officier de la forteresse
  • Carl Koch

    as Un gendarme de campagne
  • Little Peters

    as Lotte, la petite fille d'Elsa
  • Claude Sainval

    as Le capitaine Ringis
  • Michel Salina

  • Claude Vernier

    as L'officer prussien
Camera Christian Matras Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Raffels Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up René Decrais Costume Design
Sound Joseph de Bretagne Sound Designer
Art Eugène Lourié Set Decoration
Directing Jean Renoir Director
Production Albert Pinkovitch Producer
Sound Joseph Kosma Original Music Composer
Editing Marthe Huguet Editor
Writing Jean Renoir Screenplay
Production Frank Rollmer Producer
Writing Charles Spaak Dialogue
Directing Robert Rips Second Assistant Director
Crew Françoise Giroud Script
Crew Alexandre Laurié Prop Maker
Costume & Make-Up Suzy Berton Wardrobe Supervisor
Sound Emile Vuillermoz Conductor
Production Maurice Barnathan Location Manager
Crew Pierre Blondy Manager of Operations
Production Raymond Blondy Production Manager
Editing Marguerite Renoir Editor
Crew Carl Koch Technical Supervisor
Camera Claude Renoir Camera Operator
Directing Jacques Becker First Assistant Director
Camera Ernest Bourreaud Camera Operator
Art Eugène Lourié Production Design
Camera Jean Bourgoin First Assistant Camera
Crew Raymond Pillon Prop Maker