One of the very first prison escape movies, GRAND ILLUSION is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German POW camp, with Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable German Capitan.
Won: Best Overall Artistic Contribution, 1937 Venice Film Festival ; Best Foreign Film, 1939 New York Film Critics Circle Awards ; Best Foreign Film, 1938 National Board of Review
Nominated: Best Picture, 1939 Academy Awards
Renoir, the grand humanist filmmaker, spoke for all that's best about people at a time when people were in danger of becoming their worst.