History Film / TheGrandIllusion

14th Mar '18 5:57:10 PM Ezclee4050
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* LanguageBarrier: As the gang is being taken away to another prisoner-of-war camp, Maréchal tries to tell an incoming prisoner about the escape tunnel, but the new inmate is British and can't understand a word.

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As the gang is being taken away to another prisoner-of-war camp, Maréchal tries to tell an incoming prisoner about the escape tunnel, but the new inmate is British and can't understand a word.word.
** With Elsa and Maréchal also. Rosenthal can speak German and acts as the translator when the pair stay at Elsa's, but Maréchal eventually picks up some rudimentary German.


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* RomancingTheWidow: Maréchal and Elsa slowly fall in love.
13th Mar '18 3:28:14 PM Ezclee4050
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* FateWorseThanDeath: Boeldieu says that living in a postwar world where the aristocracy no longer has a purpose will be this for von Rauffenstein.
12th Mar '18 5:11:25 PM Ezclee4050
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* WholesomeCrossdresser: The French [=POWs=] in the vaudeville show.
12th Mar '18 5:08:40 PM Ezclee4050
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* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone contributes a sarcastic quip or two, but Maréchal is the main snarker.
19th Feb '18 1:14:16 AM Saveelich
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During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, two French aviators, aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and working-class Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin), embark on a flight for a reconnaissance mission. They are shot down by a German aviator and aristocrat, Captain von Rauffenstein (Creator/ErichVonStroheim) who upon returning to base, sends a subordinate to find out if the aviators are officers and, if so, to invite them to lunch. During the meal, von Rauffenstein and de Boeldieu discover they have mutual acquaintances. From there the French aviators are moved to an officers' POW camp.

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During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, two French aviators, aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and working-class Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin), (Creator/JeanGabin), embark on a flight for a reconnaissance mission. They are shot down by a German aviator and aristocrat, Captain von Rauffenstein (Creator/ErichVonStroheim) who upon returning to base, sends a subordinate to find out if the aviators are officers and, if so, to invite them to lunch. During the meal, von Rauffenstein and de Boeldieu discover they have mutual acquaintances. From there the French aviators are moved to an officers' POW camp.
23rd Jun '17 11:20:05 AM jamespolk
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This film, released a decade before the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for best foreign-language film was given out, was the first film in a language other than English to be nominated for Best Picture. It remains one of only nine. It was also the first film released on UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. Oh, and Maréchal's uniform? That was Jean Renoir's uniform from when he fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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This film, released a decade before the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for best foreign-language film UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestForeignLanguageFilm was given out, was the first film in a language other than English to be nominated for Best Picture. It remains one of only nine. It was also the first film released on UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. Oh, and Maréchal's uniform? That was Jean Renoir's uniform from when he fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
13th Jun '17 9:35:53 PM nombretomado
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During WorldWarOne, two French aviators, aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and working-class Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin), embark on a flight for a reconnaissance mission. They are shot down by a German aviator and aristocrat, Captain von Rauffenstein (Creator/ErichVonStroheim) who upon returning to base, sends a subordinate to find out if the aviators are officers and, if so, to invite them to lunch. During the meal, von Rauffenstein and de Boeldieu discover they have mutual acquaintances. From there the French aviators are moved to an officers' POW camp.

Here they are quartered in a room with other French officers, including Lieutenant Rosenthal (Marcel Dalio), the son of a Jewish banker, who supplies the others with food and delicacies sent from France via the Red Cross. The officers are digging a tunnel to escape from the camp, but shortly before it is finished, they are transferred to another camp. After several transfers (and failed off-screen escape attempts), de Boeldieu, Maréchal and Rosenthal are reunited in a camp in an old castle. The commandant is Major von Rauffenstein, now invalided out of frontline duty; he feels an affinity towards fellow aristocrat de Boeldieu, and talks with him about how the WorldWarOne is bringing an end to the class they belong to and its code of honour. De Boeldieu provides the diversion necessary to permit Maréchal and Rosenthal to escape, forcing Rauffenstein to shoot him.

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During WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, two French aviators, aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and working-class Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin), embark on a flight for a reconnaissance mission. They are shot down by a German aviator and aristocrat, Captain von Rauffenstein (Creator/ErichVonStroheim) who upon returning to base, sends a subordinate to find out if the aviators are officers and, if so, to invite them to lunch. During the meal, von Rauffenstein and de Boeldieu discover they have mutual acquaintances. From there the French aviators are moved to an officers' POW camp.

Here they are quartered in a room with other French officers, including Lieutenant Rosenthal (Marcel Dalio), the son of a Jewish banker, who supplies the others with food and delicacies sent from France via the Red Cross. The officers are digging a tunnel to escape from the camp, but shortly before it is finished, they are transferred to another camp. After several transfers (and failed off-screen escape attempts), de Boeldieu, Maréchal and Rosenthal are reunited in a camp in an old castle. The commandant is Major von Rauffenstein, now invalided out of frontline duty; he feels an affinity towards fellow aristocrat de Boeldieu, and talks with him about how the WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI is bringing an end to the class they belong to and its code of honour. De Boeldieu provides the diversion necessary to permit Maréchal and Rosenthal to escape, forcing Rauffenstein to shoot him.
21st Feb '17 8:21:54 PM bowserbros
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This film, released a decade before the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for best foreign-language film was given out, was the first film in a language other than English to be nominated for Best Picture. It remains one of only nine. It was also the first film released by TheCriterionCollection. Oh, and Maréchal's uniform? That was Jean Renoir's uniform from when he fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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This film, released a decade before the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for best foreign-language film was given out, was the first film in a language other than English to be nominated for Best Picture. It remains one of only nine. It was also the first film released on UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} by TheCriterionCollection.Creator/TheCriterionCollection. Oh, and Maréchal's uniform? That was Jean Renoir's uniform from when he fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
20th Feb '17 5:59:37 PM nombretomado
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* MusicForCourage: The prisoners break into a defiant ''Marseillaise'' when good news arrives from the front. This predates ''{{Casablanca}}'' by several years (and Dalio played Rick's croupier). As in ''Casablanca'', the ''Marseillaise'' also appears in competition with "The Watch on the Rhine", which the German soldiers sing when there's good news from the front for them.

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* MusicForCourage: The prisoners break into a defiant ''Marseillaise'' when good news arrives from the front. This predates ''{{Casablanca}}'' ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' by several years (and Dalio played Rick's croupier). As in ''Casablanca'', the ''Marseillaise'' also appears in competition with "The Watch on the Rhine", which the German soldiers sing when there's good news from the front for them.
24th Sep '16 4:06:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Prussia}}: The film avoids many stereotypes - von Rauffenstein is cultured and cosmopolitan, fluent in French and English, and the NCO in the first prison camp good-naturedly suffers the imprisoned officers calling him "Arthur".
* UsefulNotes/PrussiansInPickelhauben: The ''Pickelhauben'' part is subverted as most of the guards wear forage caps, the young German recruits wear steel helmets and the old ''Landsturm'' (militia) men guarding the final camp wear leather shakos.
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