France – 1 hr 53 min – with subtitles
1937 · d. Jean Renoir Official Site Reviews
Starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim
Three French soldiers (Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio) in a German POW camp strike up a camaraderie with their captors, including an aristocratic aviator (Erich von Stroheim), while WWI decimates Europe and lofty ideals are brushed to the side for nationalistic fervor. Casablanca
borrowed from it, Nazi Germany named it “cinema public enemy no. 1,” and Orson Welles declared it worth preserving “on the ark.” Jean Renoir’s humanist masterpiece skewers the divisions that spur societies toward war.
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|Wednesday, July 11||7:00pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA