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La Grande Illusion

4

Perhaps the only war film to focus on true decency and honour

On their occupation of France, one of the first things the Nazis did was to seize and suppress the print of La Grande Illusion, a humane masterpiece by French maestro Jean Renoir.

Perhaps the only war film to focus on true decency and honour, it sees a class-spanning French trio imprisoned during WW1 and having to confront the passing of the old gentlemanly codes.

Eventually they find solace that transcends the petty nationalisms that got them there in the first place. Thorough extras include Renoir’s silent short The Little Matchstick Girl.

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