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° Themes o What separates people from one another? o Social class o Language ° Note the scene where Gabin takes a tremendous risk to try to inform an English prisoner of the tunnel they’ve made – but he can’t communicate, due to the language barrier o Barriers and boundaries ° The barriers and cultural traditions that separate one nation from another may have the same stupid arbitrariness that the physical geographical lines between countries have ° Note what the camera does in the scene where the French soldiers stand up to sing their national anthem ° Pay attention to the complexity in the balance of character, with French soldiers who sometimes seem greedy or petty, and German soldiers who are sometimes very kind o Historical transition ° The class balance of the world is shifting – the upper classes are becoming less important, less powerful
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Unformatted text preview: Comradeship, respect for ones enemy, respect for people of other nationalities Think about the title of the film what are the grand illusions that it wants to remind us of? Two of the characters spend the winter sheltered by a German widow o They become very close unbelievably so One of the soldiers has a love affair with the widow he claims he will come back, but this is very difficult to believe The two soldiers become like fathers to the widows daughter o If you think about it, this seems like a grand illusion It seems like an illusion of comradeship and the crossing of barriers and boundaries This film is made on the eve of the second World War o It exposes the fallacy of believing that the first World War was the war to end wars Film itself is a grand illusion it isnt real...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG ENG2101 taught by Professor Daveshaaw during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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