• August 10, 2012
    By Peter Keough

    Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game (1939) took fourth place in the most recent Sight & Sound magazine critics poll of the ten best movies in the history of cinema, but some prefer the great French auteur's eloquent, funny, and tragic Grand Illusion (1937). A possible inspiration for such diverse works as The Great Escape and Hogan's Heroes, it tells the story of French soldiers in a German POW camp where matters of class, compassion, and personal honor trump patriotism.

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