One of the very first prison escape movies, Grand Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay, as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein. Following a smash theatrical rerelease, Criterion is proud to present Grand Illusion in a new special edition, with a beautifully restored digital transfer.
A rare theatrical trailer in which Jean Renoir discusses both Grand Illusion and his personal war experiences
Audio essay by film historian Peter Cowie
Archival radio presentation: Renoir and Erich von Stroheim accept Grand Illusion's Best Foreign Film honors at the 1938 New York Film Critics Awards
Press book excerpts: Renoir's letter "to the projectionist," cast bios, an essay on Renoir by von Stroheim, and essays about the film's title and recently recovered camera negative