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Army of Shadows (1969)

L'armée des ombres (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 12 September 1969 (France)
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

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(novel), (adaptation)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Luc Jardie
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Claude Mann ...
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Christian Barbier ...
Guillaume Vermersch dit 'Le Bison'
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The hairdresser
André Dewavrin ...
Colonel Passy
Alain Dekok ...
Alain Mottet ...
Alain Libolt ...
Jean-Marie Robain ...
Baron de Ferte Talloire
Albert Michel ...
Gendarm
Denis Sadier ...
Gestapo's doctor
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Storyline

France, 1942, under German occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is a French Resistance commandant. Denounced by a French collaborator, he is interned in a concentration camp. He manages to escape, and rejoins his network in Marseille, where he has the traitor executed. This movie reveals rigorously and austerely what life was like in the French Resistance: the solitude and fear of its members; their relationships with one another; the constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo; the Resistance command structure and the way its orders were carried out. Head writer Joseph Kessel and co-writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville were both veterans of the "Shadow Army". Written by Yepok

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Taglines:

Betrayal. Loyalty. Collaboration. Resistance.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

12 September 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,620, 30 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$741,766, 26 April 2007
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Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the shot depicting German soldiers marching down the Champs Elysees, Jean-Pierre Melville thought that it would be impossible to get regular Frenchmen to provide the proper marching movements. He ended up casting dancers to correctly provide the march steps he wanted from the soldiers. This shot was originally the last in the film and prints were sent to theaters with it in that place. After the first showings, Melville decided the scene was better placed at the start of the film and it was physically spliced into the new position. This apparently resulted in several missing frames in the negative. These frames were restored from another source when the 2005 digital restoration was accomplished. See more »

Goofs

In the end, it says "dimanche 23 février 1943" (Sunday, 23rd February, 1943) even though it was a Tuesday. See more »

Quotes

Jean François Jardie: She said five minutes, but she'll wait a lifetime.
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Soundtracks

L'Armée Des Ombres
Written and Performed by Orchestre Éric Demarsan
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Seldom Seen Human's in War and Resistance.
4 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this brilliant drama-piece a long time ago and it bound me to my chair. I couldn't move. It is so dramatic and meaningful, and full of betrayal. A choice of life and death never before so condemning in film registered as Jean Pierre Melville himself. He was here recounting his memory as a underground member.

Never before I saw a movie where betrayal had such an impact. I wanted to scream and to help them, but Melville does a little about that.

Spend a lot of nights with bad dreams and a complete loss of human insight.

This masterwork deserves the maximum score. 10*


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