A beautiful, emotionally touching masterpiece. Renoir is a friggin genius. It's absolutely exquisitely shot and completely profound on every level and just as relevant today as it was when it was released. I really don't know why it's taken me so long to get around to watching this, I feel silly now. It is definitely one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Loved it.
Una de las películas más hermosas jamás hechas sobre la solidaridad entre los seres humanos, más allá de sus diferencias y las circunstancias difíciles (en este caso, el cautiverio durante la 1era guerra mundial). A mi juicio, el episodio de Maréchal y Rosenthal con la granjera alemana desequilibra un poco el conjunto de la obra, pero sin embargo no hace mella en su grandeza.
I had high expectations and I think the subtle power of the story underwhelmed me. I was either looking for a more shocking message or some kind of more formal elegance. Everything was fine about this film but nothing really struck me.
Renoir's naturalist realism informs a picture that accepts the inevitability of war, massacre, and cultural murder yet it searches through that unfathomable despair to find vast human understanding, whilst acknowledging that people are incapable of such understanding on a mass scale. This is a beautiful & poignant testament to the brotherhood of mankind. “Frontiers are made by men. Nature doesn’t give a damn.”