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La Grande Illusion

Released: 06/04/2012 Released in key cities
Its 75th Anniversary provides a rare chance to witness Renoir's politically charged classic on the big screen. Named after Norman Angell's Nobel prize-winning essay, its damning view of European social order during the First World War led to a ban in various parts of Europe before its Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 1939. For more information visit: http://www.studiocanal.com/en/news/focus/766/la-grande-illusion Buy: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/films/details/1094/la-grande-illusion/
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The Telegraph“A sorrowful, acutely thoughtful, and wholly imperishable masterpiece...” Renoir’s drama about First World War fortunes and the demise of Old Europe holds up sublimely: better, even, than La Règle du jeu (1939), which is more often called his crowning achievement...
 
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Guardian“A vividly humanist, anti-war classic...” For Renoir this illusion evolves into something more complex and various, and so does its tragic and ironic grandeur. The idea that wars can be fought according to gentlemanly rules is an illusion...
 
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The Observer“Optimistic, elegiac tragedy...” Renoir's 1937 anti-war masterpiece created a new genre, the POW movie, and with his 1939 La Règle du jeu constitutes a diptych of unparalleled excellence...
 
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Empire“A moving and inspiring story...” A moving and inspiring story of soldiers stuck in a POW camp, with stunning direction from Renoir, getting performances from Fresnay and von Stonheim in particular that were well overlooked come Oscar time...
 
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Little White Lies“Tragic. Moving. Funny. A pure joy...” To those who simply can’t believe in a dashed romanticism that rears its head in the backrooms of war, La Grande Illusion will remain Cinematographic Enemy Number One. To the rest, it will remain a masterpiece...
 
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Total Film “Remains a compassionate, ambiguous work...” Reissued and digitally restored for its 75th anniversary, it remains a compassionate, ambiguous work: an anti-war drama that doesn’t contain a single battlefield scene and a tribute to internationalism...
 
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Time Out“As relevant as ever...” If all that sounds cosy – which, partly, it is, especially when bolstered by Renoir’s compassionate storytelling, gentle camerawork and the humour of his actors’ performances – it’s also a warning...
 
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