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"Grand Illusion" (1937) @ Castro: Renoir's humanist classic - New 35mm print!!

If you'd like to dine before the movies, we can meet for dinner at Firewood Cafe (click for info), on 18th, near Diamond, at 5:30 PM. Order and pay at the counter. Note "Dinner" in your RSVP, so we can get a head count. Non-diners, we'll meet you in front of the Castro, around 6:45 PM.

Remember: The Castro doesn't take plastic, so bring cash!

Now, on with the show...

Grand Illusion (1937): Starts: 7:00 PM, Ends: ~9:00 PM

Starring: Jean Gabin, Erich von Stroheim, Pierre Fresnay, Marcel Dalio
Director: Jean Renoir
Plot: During WWI, a group of French soldiers and flyers is held captive by the Germans. But removed from the battlefield, the absurdity and arbitrariness of the war becomes apparent, as the men come to see they have more in common (even with the Germans!) than they thought. Renoir served in WWI, and he used those experiences to shape one of the great classics of humanist cinema.

The Castro will be showing a new, 35mm print, made from a 4K, digital restoration.

Parking & Getting There

We all know that parking in the Castro can be a nightmare. If you plan on driving, allow extra time to find a spot. Other transit options include: BART/Muni, and carpooling. If you'd like to carpool -- either as a driver or passenger -- please note that in your RSVP. Drivers and passengers should organize themselves. BART/Muni is a good option, as the Castro station is right across the street from the theater.

See you there!!

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  • Marie L.

    Worth the drive to San Francisco. :)

    June 3, 2012

  • Russ

    From the SF Chronicle: "The grand illusion, is, of course, war, and Jean Renoir's renowned POW film. In 1937, he said everything he wanted to say about war in an elegant, civilized film. "Grand Illusion" received two notable recognitions: an Academy Award nomination as best picture and a declaration by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as "Cinematic Public Enemy No. 1."

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    May 31, 2012

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