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The two downed pilots are then sent to a German POW camp, where they quickly join a group of prisoners who have concocted an elaborate escape plan. Their plot is foiled, however, as they are transferred to a new camp, the formidable Wintersborn fortress, run by Rauffenstein, who is now grounded due to battle wounds.
Rauffenstein, lamenting the end of an aristocratic era, tries to befriend de Boeldieu, but the French captain is already hatching a new escape plan - one in which he puts himself in danger to allow the others to escape. Jean Renoir. Jean Renoir , Charles Spaak. Mar 24, Pierre Fresnay as Capt. Erich von Stroheim as Von Rauffenstein. Marcel Dalio as Rosenthal.
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Nov 3, Full Review…. Jan 2, Full Review…. Jun 7, Rating: A Full Review…. Nov 26, Full Review…. Jan 18, Full Review…. Once a dashing flyer, he has been terribly injured in a plane crash, and his physical agony amplifies his pessimism. Boeldieu sees it coming too, and embraces it as a cause. This is partly patriotism, a devotion to the bonds of common nationality that link the prisoners in the French part of the prison. In addition to the worker and the Jew there is an intellectual — devoted to the Greek poet Pindar, who has never been properly translated — and a music-hall entertainer played by the great comic actor Julien Carette.
In the midst of a catastrophic war, far from the nightmare of the trenches, the gas and what seemed like the collective suicide of a civilization, they live in a peaceful microcosm of Europe. Care packages arrive full of the tastes of home. In one hilarious scene the prisoners gather in the Russian barracks, waiting to share the caviar and vodka that must be in a newly arrived crate.
But the czar has sent his loyal soldiers books instead, inciting a comic riot. Small world! But is it also, in retrospect, an illusion that those divisions can be permanently overcome, that decency and fellowship can take the place of combat? Renoir traces both possibilities to a common source in the realm of ordinary human feelings and aspirations. He was born in Vienna, and came to the United States in his 20s.