Grand Illusion

Edition no. 1

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Licensor
Studio Canal
Directed by: Jean Renoir
One of the very first prison escape movies, Grand Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein. Following a smash theatrical re-release, Criterion is proud to present Grand Illusion in a new special edition, with a beautifully restored digital presentation.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: French 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1/2/3/4/5/6
Discs: 1 Disc |  DVD-9

Supplements

  • Introduction by Jean Renoir
  • Audio essay by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Archival radio presentation: Jean Renoir and Erich von Stroheim accept Grand Illusion’s Best Foreign Film honors at the 1938 New York Film Critics Awards
  • Press book excerpts: Erich von Stroheim's letter “to the projectionist,” cast bios, an essay on Renoir by von Stroheim, and essays about the film’s title and recently recovered camera negative
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Insert featuring an essay by Peter Cowie

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Release Credits

Producer: Fumiko Takagi
Artwork: Paul Davis

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