The Grand Illusion (1937)

Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.
Movies That Matter: The Sequel
Sunday, September 29, 2013
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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)