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R3Arts: Night Waves - La Grande Illusion 05 Apr 12

April 5th, 2012

Episode 120 of 1341 episodes

Anne McElvoy presents a landmark edition on the Jean Renoir film La Grande Illusion. Popular with the audience and critics on its release in 1937, this masterpiece of French cinema tells the story of French officers trying to escape from a World War One prison. The film examines the themes of nationalism, duty, class and politics and has influenced a number of subsequent films including Casablanca and The Great Escape. Film historians Ginette Vincendeau and Ian Christie and professor of French History Julian Jackson join Anne to examine what makes this one of film's classics.

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