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Grand Illusion + Boudu Saved from Drowning

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Grand Illusion
Grand Illusion
Image courtesy of Rialto Pictures
Boudu Saved from Drowning
Boudu Saved from Drowning
Image courtesy of Janus Films
Grand Illusion
Grand Illusion
Image courtesy of Rialto Pictures
Boudu Saved from Drowning
Boudu Saved from Drowning
Image courtesy of Janus Films
Grand Illusion
Grand Illusion
Image courtesy of Rialto Pictures
Grand Illusion
Boudu Saved from Drowning
La Grande Illusion (1937) Trailer
Boudu Saved from Drowning Trailer
Grand Illusion
Boudu Saved from Drowning
Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion + Boudu Saved from Drowning

(Jean Renoir, 1937) / (Jean Renoir, 1932) 

New Restorations

Fri, July 5, 2013 7 PM

“Funny, heart-wrenching, nail-biting, caustic, and profound.”—Time Out New York (on Grand Illusion)

This double bill pairs two of Jean Renoir’s great humanistic films of the 1930s.

Renoir’s antiwar classic Grand Illusion explores the nature of class and national loyalties in an escape-proof World War I POW camp. Erich von Stroheim plays the aristocratic German officer in charge, with Pierre Fresnay and Jean Gabin as captured French officers, one equally aristocratic and the other from the working class. The Nazis hated this sensitive and astute film, which is one of the first “prison break” movies, and declared it “cinema enemy number one.” (117 mins., 4K DCP, in French with English subtitles.)

Michel Simon stars in the pointed farce Boudu Saved from Drowning as a vagrant who is taken in by the bourgeois bookseller who pulled him out of the Seine and then turns the household upside-down while seducing his rescuer’s wife and mistress. Renoir filmed many scenes along the quays of Paris. Updated and loosely remade by Paul Mazursky as Down and Out in Beverly Hills in 1986 (with Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, and Richard Dreyfuss). (87 mins., DCP, in French with English subtitles.)

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