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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 7 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 9 PM
”Restored and as relevant as ever, Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterpiece, La Grande Illusion, is a film about common values and decency – the ability in all of us to act with respect and warmth towards those with whom we share bonds stronger and deeper than national boundaries and political divisions. 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. Renoir’s film is as much about the rigidity of class and enduring social splits as it is about clubbing together in a crisis. It’s only when the credits roll on this gentle tale that its more pessimistic ideas begin to chill its warm glow.” (Dave Calhoun, Time Out)
1937 Jean Renoir 1.33:1 B&W DCP 113 min. In French, German and Russian with English subtitles.