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Free Screening: The Vanishing Corporal (Le Caporal Epinglé)

24 March 2009

We’re screening Jean Renoir’s 1962 film The Vanishing Corporal (Le Caporal Epinglé) on Tuesday, March 31, at 5:45 PM. The free screening will be in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 East 2nd Street). A discussion will follow immediately after the show.

The Time Out Film Guide entry on the film:

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 Régle 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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