See Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion in 3 Animated GIFs

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May 19 2012 10:30 AM

Classic Cinema in 3 GIFs: Grand Illusion

Jean Gabin in Grand Illusion.
Jean Gabin in Grand Illusion.

Publicity image for Grand Illusion © 1937 Criterion

Every once in a while we like to pay tribute to a landmark film by encapsulating it in three animated GIFs. For this installment we're honoring Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterpiece of French cinema. The antiwar film, which starred Jean Gabin, is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary with a new digital restoration.

In the comments, let us know which three GIFs you would have selected, and nominate the film we should take on next.

IllusionGIF1

Images from Grand Illusion © 1937 Criterion

IllusionGIF2

Publicity image for Grand Illusion © 1937 Criterion

IllusionGIF3

Publicity image for Grand Illusion © 1937 Criterion

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