Le Caporal Epinglé

A deceptively slight tale of the attempts by three Frenchmen to escape from a Nazi prison camp during World War II, this late addition to Renoir's impressively wide-ranging oeuvre is nevertheless suffused with the same warm and generous humanism as the great Règle du Jeu or Grande Illusion. Though the whole thing is played as a comedy, the scenes in the prison camp display Renoir's characteristically sharp eye for regional and class differences, even under the yoke of common suffering. The final parting on the bridge in Paris is a scene which will ring loud and true for anyone with the slightest sense of the value of freedom and friendship.

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Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jean Renoir
Screenwriter: Jean Renoir, Guy Lefranc
Cast: Jean-Pierre Cassel
Claude Brasseur
Claude Rich
OE Hasse
Jean Carmet
Mario David
Jacques Jouanneau
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