In Search of La Grande Illusion: A Critical Appreciation of Jean Renoir's Elusive Masterpiece

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McFarland, 8 nov. 2013 - 268 pages
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This is an extended analysis of the film, from different perspectives. The first half is largely a discussion of the cinematic technique, with key sequences analyzed shot by shot. The second half approaches the film from many other angles, including its history, the critical reception, Renoir's life and career, and film theory, e.g., film in relation to music. A case is made that Renoir's career was inconsistent, especially after La Regle du jeu but also during the 1930s. And rather than emphasizing the humanist, anti-war thrust of La Grande Illusion, the film is approached as a work of art that is deeply expressive cinematically.
 

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Table des matières

Beware the Trojan Horse
1
Part I The Film
7
Part II Around the Film
109
Part III The Director
145
Part IV Coda
197
Title Credits
225
The Story
229
Breakdown of Shots
233
Filmography of Jean Renoir
243
Chapter Notes
247
Bibliography
251
Index
253
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Nicholas Macdonald, as an independent filmmaker, made a series of low-budget 16mm political films in the early 1970s. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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