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

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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 Règle 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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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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"Macdonald tracks the issues of the film very closely, adds several surprises, and makes us wish the film was more available." --ProtoView

"This is a rare and valuable work...I urge you to read Macdonald's book." --David Thomson, The New Republic

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