History Film / TheGrandIllusion

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.
16th Sep '15 9:54:46 AM AllenbysEyes
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* TropeCodifier: Lays the groundwork for pretty much every subsequent prisoner of war film.
11th Aug '15 3:37:09 AM Morgenthaler
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20th May '15 5:15:32 PM nombretomado
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This film, released a decade before the 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 AcademyAward 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.
30th Apr '15 10:22:24 AM WillBGood
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* 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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* PrussiansInPickelhauben: 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.
9th Dec '14 7:20:20 PM JulianLapostat
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** Renoir's film was inspired by it, showing how soldiers tend to have more in common with people from their opposing numbers than they do with their own units - de Boeldieu and Rauffenstein are aristocrats who see their outdated rank as the only time their titles mean something real, Marechal and the German widow played by Dita Parlo also have a cautious courtship because they relate to each other better. On a more poignant note, Rosenthal being a middle-class Jew and Marechal bond despite their class differences and the latter's subtle bigotry and somehow relate to each other as human beings.

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** Renoir's film was inspired by it, showing how soldiers tend to have more in common with people from their opposing numbers than they do with their own units - de Boeldieu and Rauffenstein are aristocrats who see their outdated rank the war as the only time their titles mean something real, as opposed to being InNameOnly, Marechal and the German widow played by Dita Parlo also have a cautious courtship because they relate to each other better. better being of the same class. On a more poignant note, Rosenthal being a middle-class Jew and Marechal bond despite their class differences and the latter's subtle bigotry and somehow relate to each other as human beings.beings in the confinement of the army.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The character of Maréchal was based on a French fighter pilot called Pinsard whom Jean Renoir had met during the war and who had made multiple escapes from German POW camps.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The character of Maréchal was based on a French fighter pilot called Pinsard whom Jean Renoir had met during the war and who had made multiple escapes from German POW camps.


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* WorkingClassHero: Jean Gabin became a star of French Cinema for embodying this, and Marechal is perhaps his most iconic role. Renoir also manages to avoid idealizing him, unlike other European movies at the time, by showing his flaws, namely bigotry (which he still struggles to overcome).
9th Dec '14 7:12:13 PM JulianLapostat
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** The film's title refers to the economist Norman Angell's book "The Great Illusion"(In French, "grande" means "great"). In that book he argued that modern nations had real economic justification for going to war, since the global economy depended on co-operation and free network among citizens. [[note]]The acknowledgment of this fact led many philosophers before him to argue that free trade could put an end to war for good. Angell however argued that wars would continued to be waged against rational economic concerns for either political benefit or a way to unite dissension at home, calling it the "Great Illusion" that rational concerns rather than sentimental or political ones, led to war.[[/note]]

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** The film's title refers to the economist Norman Angell's book "The Great Illusion"(In French, "grande" means "great"). In that book he argued that modern nations had no real economic justification for going to war, since the global economy depended on co-operation and free network among citizens. [[note]]The acknowledgment of this fact led many philosophers before him to argue that free trade could put an end to war for good. Angell however argued that wars would continued to be waged against rational economic concerns for either political benefit or a way to unite dissension at home, calling it the "Great Illusion" that rational concerns rather than sentimental or political ones, led to war.[[/note]]
9th Dec '14 7:34:38 AM Menshevik
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* WarForFunAndProfit: Inverted. Rauffenstein lists the silver plate in his skull and other silver items implanted into his heavily wounded body, adding wrily: "Yes, the war provided me with considerable riches."
9th Dec '14 7:24:46 AM Menshevik
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* 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.
9th Dec '14 7:08:05 AM JulianLapostat
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* The film's title refers to the economist Norman Angell's book "The Great Illusion"(In French, "grande" means "great"). In that book he argued that modern nations had real economic justification for going to war, since the global economy depended on co-operation and free network among citizens. [[note]]The acknowledgment of this fact led many philosophers before him to argue that free trade could put an end to war for good. Angell however argued that wars would continued to be waged against rational economic concerns for either political benefit or a way to unite dissension at home, calling it the "Great Illusion" that rational concerns rather than sentimental or political ones, led to war.[[/note]]

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* ** The film's title refers to the economist Norman Angell's book "The Great Illusion"(In French, "grande" means "great"). In that book he argued that modern nations had real economic justification for going to war, since the global economy depended on co-operation and free network among citizens. [[note]]The acknowledgment of this fact led many philosophers before him to argue that free trade could put an end to war for good. Angell however argued that wars would continued to be waged against rational economic concerns for either political benefit or a way to unite dissension at home, calling it the "Great Illusion" that rational concerns rather than sentimental or political ones, led to war.[[/note]]
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