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