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.