Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Feb 7, 2020
7:30pm

ANTIWAR CINEMA
Double Feature!
GRAND ILLUSION / MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR LAWRENCE
GRAND ILLUSION
LA GRANDE ILLUSION
1937, Rialto Pictures, 114 min, France, Dir: Jean Renoir

Along with Renoir's RULES OF THE GAME (1939), this has become a staple of all-time great film lists. With his usual deceptive simplicity, Renoir introduces us to a group of French officers who have been taken prisoner during World War I. They include an aristocratic career officer (the dashing Pierre Fresnay) and two lieutenants: Jean Gabin, the eternal Everyman of the French cinema, and Marcel Dalio, a witty Jew unashamed of his nouveau riche background. Like RULES OF THE GAME, GRAND ILLUSION is at once an elegant farewell to Europe’s ancient aristocracy and a profound warning against another world war that Renoir surely sensed was inevitable. Both films have a tremendous sensitivity to class, which in a lesser artist might have lapsed into mere elitism or, at the other extreme, sentimentality. At the core of the film is the friendship that the German commandant (Erich von Stroheim, the very definition of noblesse oblige) extends to Fresnay. In French with English subtitles.


35 mm!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR LAWRENCE
1983, Janus Film, 123 min, UK/New Zealand/Japan, Dir: Nagisa Oshima

In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is the British lieutenant colonel Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner. Also featuring actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash, and one of Oshima’s greatest successes.


GRAND ILLUSION in French with English subtitles. | Screening formats: DCP (GRAND ILLUSION), 35mm (MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR LAWRENCE)
Aero Theatre • Fri, Feb 7, 2020 • 7:30pm

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