The Elusive Corporal
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Humorously echoing some of the directors's earlier work, the film stars Jean-Pierre Cassell as The Corporal, a French officer stuck in a German prison camp during WWII. His initial attempt at escape with comrades Pater (Claude Brasseur) and Ballochet (Claude Rich) ends in failure, when the latter loses his glasses. On the second attempt, they lock their guard in a urinal and jump on a truck that leaves them in a garbage dump, at the feet of some German soldiers. Not one to give up, The Corporal gets as far as a train on his next escape, where he meets an old friend (Sacha Briquet), trying… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Follows along the lines of the director's The Grand Illusion, but without that film's depth."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is a slight and sentimental tale from Renoir, for the most part played for laughs, but it is informed with a trademark humanism that is evident in his greatest work."
‑ , Film4
"Tthe trace of philosophical implication makes it worth more than lightly passing through."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The tone is light and the repeated escape attempts are played with a comic undertone, yet behind the humor is the feeling of dignity lost..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"An ironic comedy of fake French heroics and real French heroism, the film is delicate and witty and features a delightful performance from Jean-Pierre Cassel."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Renoir draws a connection both to his past as a filmmaker and to Paris' past, emphasizing the senseless repetition of war and the timeless universality of man's fight for liberty."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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