Online Ciné-Club: La Grande Illusion

Online Ciné-Club: La Grande Illusion

Monday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed on Monday morning.

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The greatest prison break movie ever made - need I say more? This week at Ciné-Club, we'll be discussing Jean Renoir's pacifist masterpiece... 

La Grande Illusion (1937)

Rent on YouTube, Vudu, or Amazon Prime Video

The best war film is an anti-war film, and this is something that Jean Renoir understood perfectly. Trapped in a German camp for prisoners of war during World War I, a coterie of French soldiers must put aside the differences of class and rank in order to divise a plan of escape. Under the watchful eye of an aristocratic German officer, they find there is more to unite them than that which divides them. Will they make it out alive? 

As thoughtful as it is thrillingLa Grande Illusion stands as a testament to the equality and ingenuity of man, and proved a major influence in Steve McQueen's prison break classics like The Great Escape and Papillon. Let's talk about it! 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.