Albert Lory is a teacher at a school in German-occupied France. He is a coward, but he is drawn into the actions of the resistance. Arrested by the Germans because of an alleged murder, a German officer promises him freedom, if he is willing to collaborate against French resistance (by discontinuing his defense speech, which is arousing the citizens in court). Written by
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Director Jean Renoir always had Charles Laughton in mind for the lead role. See more
In the initial scenes of the village, an advertisement for War Bonds can be seen on a wall. Although the French government sought funds from its population during the First World War (through National Defense Loans), it would not have occurred in the Second World War as France was so quickly defeated and occupied. The advertisement in this movie therefore, is more likely to be a near-subliminal appeal to the American population to purchase War Bonds to support the US effort. See more
Major Erich von Keller
The sound of the mob, Mr. Mayor. I don't like the way it looks.
Mayor Henry Manville
You don't have to worry now, Major von Keller. Break up the printing press and you break up rebellion.
Opening credits prologue: "Somewhere in Europe"- See more
Music by Friedrich Silcher (1838)
Poem by Heinrich Heine
Played on accordion by Kent Smith
and sung by the German soldiers See more