The Grand Illusion (1937)
All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
During World War I French prisoners of war plan an escape. But they cannot outrun the changes the conflict has wrought on European society. Jean Renoir’s anti-war film The Grand Illusion is so poetically eloquent that after occupying France in 1940 shortly after the start of World War II, the Nazis tried to destroy every print.
In French with English Subtitles.
Movies That Matter – The Sequel continues with screenings of great films with opening and closing remarks by former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler (now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff).
Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 29, 2013 The Grand Illusion (France; 1937)
Oct. 27, 2013 The Bride of Frankenstein (USA; 1935)
Nov. 17, 2013 Breathless (France; 1960)
Dec. 1, 2013 Pinocchio (USA; 1940)
Jan. 19, 2014 Sunrise (USA; 1928)
Feb. 16, 2014 An American in Paris (USA; 1951)
Mar. 9, 2014 The Grapes of Wrath (USA; 1940)
Apr. 27, 2014 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (USA; 1948)
May 18, 2014 The Lady Eve (USA; 1941)
Jun. 1, 2014 The Adventures of Robin Hood (USA; 1938)