Theatrical Release: 1937
Rating: Not Rated
- HiFi Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Mono
- Black & White
- Runtime: 114 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in French
- Released in French, English
Jean Renoir's brilliant and beautiful masterpiece about the tragedy of war, the seemingly impossible dream of a lasting peace, and the power of personal friendships to transcend national conflicts.
When Boeldieu, an upper-class French officer in World War I, gets shot down during a mission, he becomes the Germans' prisoner of war. Von Rauffenstein, the courtly German commander whom Boeldieu first encounters after being taken captive, instantly forms a bond with the Frenchman, a bond born of social and educational similarities. But Boeldieu's loyalties remain with his fellow prisoners, and he helps them plot a great escape -- an escape that may cost both Boeldieu and Von Rauffenstein dearly.
The setting is World War I where two French officers meet an aristocratic German officer in a prison camp. Film won international acclaim delving into the senselessness of war. Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture.
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Special Features: Includes audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie.