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Grande Illusion, La French Film Guide von O'Shaughnessy, Martin (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 30.11.2009
  • Verlag: Durnell MDL
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Grande Illusion, La

Directed by the great Jean Renoir, 'La Grande Illusion' (1937) is the finest of all anti-war films and a cinematic masterwork. Other films oppose war by showing its horror. Renoir's film holds the horror at arm's length to give us a clearer view of it. A prisoner-of-war drama, with brilliant performances from leading stars of its period, including Erich von Stroheim and Jean Gabin, the film combines popular appeal with a formal brilliance that allows a complex examination of how classes, nations and genders relate to one another. _x000D__x000D_In this comprehensive and readable companion to the film, Martin O'Shaughnessy underlines its sharp intelligence. He shows how, not content to register the world as it is, the film plays off competing historical possibilities against each other, facing the public with their responsibility to shape the future. Locating the film in the context of Renoir's career, O'Shaughnessy discusses its use of stars, production history, set design and reception. He compares known drafts of the film with a previously undiscovered story outline, casting important new light on its genesis. Stressing how it spoke to its times, he also demonstrates how it speaks to us now._x000D__x000D__x000D_'Ginette Vincendeau has assembled an elite corps of film scholars to address a marvellous array of modern and classic French films with the close-up scrutiny they deserve.' - Dudley Andrew


    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 30.11.2009
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780857713049
    Verlag: Durnell MDL
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