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Grand Illusion Review

War films are frequent these days, anything to capitalise on the agony and horrors of such times. It sells, and I’m one of many who enjoy engaging with this sort of film, so I can’t be too harsh to the genre. Some of my favourite films are nestled in here, and I may have just found another marvellous time with Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion. Taking place during the First World War, we’re taken to the cells and courtyards populated by captured soldiers fighting for their country. It’s a rightly regarded classic, and an interesting time capsule, capturing the tragedies of the First World War without the effects or impact of the second encroaching on the minds of those involved in the creative process.

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