Screen Test of Time, Ep. 82: La Grande Illusion
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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When asked what 2 movies he would take with him on the ark, Orson Welles replied that La Grande Illusion would be one of them (and couldn’t name the other). Our hosts are happy to report that they don’t question his decision. A war movie with no battles, a film that is not about racism and anti-semitism but addresses them better than any film they’ve watched so far, and a clear inspiration for countless films to follow, La Grande Illusion is a masterpiece, even through the lens of the Screen Test of Time. (It was so good, Suzan made popcorn— though, as David makes clear, she has a rather unusual definition of “popcorn movie.”)
Year Eligible: 1938 (Nominated)
Additional audio: “A Long Way to Tipperary” and “La Marseillaise”, from La Grande Illusion