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Vercors (short story)
Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 April 1949 (France) See more »
1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Howard Vernon ... Werner von Ebrennac
Nicole Stéphane ... La nièce (as Nicole Stephane)
Jean-Marie Robain ... L'oncle
Ami Aaröe ... La fiancée (as Ami Aaroe)
Georges Patrix ... L'ordonnance
Denis Sadier ... L'ami
Rudelle ... L'Allemand
Max Fromm ... L'Allemand (as Fromm)
Claude Vernier ... L'Allemand (as Vernier)
Max Hermann ... L'Allemand
Fritz Schmiedel ... L'Allemand (as Schmiedel)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
Writing credits
Vercors (short story)

Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)

Produced by
Marcel Cartier .... delegate producer
Jean-Pierre Melville .... executive producer
Original Music by
Edgar Bischoff 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
Film Editing by
Henri Decaë (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Melville (uncredited)
Production Management
Edmond Vaxelaire .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Drach .... second assistant director
Jacques Guymont .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound (as Carrere)
Camera and Electrical Department
Agis .... still photographer
Magot .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Traonouez .... costumes
Music Department
Paul Bonneau .... conductor: 'Grand Orchestre des Concerts Colonne'
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Le silence de la mer" - France (original title)
"The Silence of the Sea" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Melville began filming without the rights to Vercors' novel; when Vercors heard of this, he met with Melville, who told him that if he did not like the film, he would burn the negative. Melville was also not in the screenwriters' or directors' unions and had difficulty in employing people and getting distribution. However, the film was an immense success, both critically and commercially and Vercors loved it.See more »
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Simple and powerful, 19 January 1999
Author: spechax from Riga, Latvia

I am surprised that this movie is so little known (I must confess I did not know much about it either when I first went to see it). I think it is one of the best movies made in Europe in the first years after the WW2. It is quiet and simple, but very powerful at the same time. Without any killing or death in it, this film shows the absurdness and tragedy of war better than any other I have seen. At the same time, for me this was a very good insight in the spirit of French resistance. But above all, it is about a collapse of dreams, a conflict between one's conscience and ideology, and a realisation of how senseless human feelings, aspirations and the whole existence is made by the war. Very deep and impressive. I felt like crying at the end.

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