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Writers:
Joseph Kessel (novel)
Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
12 September 1969 (France) See more »
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Plot:
A account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins See more »
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(63 articles)
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A masterpiece by the book See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lino Ventura ... Philippe Gerbier
Paul Meurisse ... Luc Jardie

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Jean François Jardie

Simone Signoret ... Mathilde
Claude Mann ... Claude Ullmann dit 'Le Masque'

Paul Crauchet ... Felix Lepercq
Christian Barbier ... Guillaume Vermersch dit 'Le Bison'

Serge Reggiani ... The hairdresser
André Dewavrin ... Colonel Passy
Alain Dekok ... Legrain
Alain Mottet ... Commander of the camp
Alain Libolt ... Paul Dounat
Jean-Marie Robain ... Baron de Ferte Talloire
Albert Michel ... Gendarm
Denis Sadier ... Gestapo's doctor
Georges Sellier ... Colonel Jarret du Plessis
Marco Perrin ... Octave Bonnafous
Hubert de Lapparent ... Aubert, Pharmacien
Colin Mann ... Dispatcher
Anthony Stuart ... R.A.F. Major
Michel Fretault ... Anonymous Patriot
Gérard-Antoine Huart (as Gérard Huart)
Percival Russel
Michel Dacquin ... Cellmate
Jeanne Pérez
Pierre Vaudier
Jacques Marbeuf ... S.S. Interrogation Officer
Franz Sauer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Bernier ... L'adjudant douanier
Gaston Meunier ... Controleur des bagages
Adrien Cayla-Legrand ... Général De Gaulle (uncredited)
Nathalie Delon ... Une amie de Jean-François (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Kessel (novel)

Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)

Produced by
Jacques Dorfmann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Éric Demarsan  (as Eric De Marsan)
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
Walter Wottitz 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
 
Production Design by
Théobald Meurisse 
 
Set Decoration by
Théobald Meurisse 
 
Costume Design by
Colette Baudot  (as Madame Colette Baudot)
 
Makeup Department
Maud Begon .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alain Quefféléan .... production manager (as A. Quefféléan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Adam .... assistant director (as J.F. Adam)
Georges Pellegrin .... assistant director (as G. Pellegrin)
Jean-Claude Ventura .... assistant director (as J.C. Ventura)
 
Art Department
Marc Desages .... second assistant set decorator
Henri Sonois .... first assistant set decorator (as Enriqué Sonnois)
Roger Volper .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound director
Jean Nény .... sound director (as Jean Neni)
Alex Pront .... sound director
Victor Revelli .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Walter Wottitz .... special photographic effects
 
Visual Effects by
Georges Tornero .... restoration (restored version)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Pierre Li .... first assistant camera
Jacques Renard .... second assistant camera
Raymond Voinquel .... still photographer
Walter Wottitz .... camera operator: aerial unit
Walter Wottitz .... camera operator: underwater unit
 
Music Department
Robert Pouret .... music editor
Bob Vatel .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Betty Elvira .... script girl
Jean-Pierre Spiri-Mercanton .... general manager (as J.P. Spiri-Mercanton)
Howard Vernon .... dialogue: English
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'armée des ombres" - France (original title)
"Army of Shadows" - International (English title) (alternative title), UK (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
Spain:140 min | UK:145 min | USA:145 min | Argentina:145 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby Digital (2006 restoration)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2005) | UK:AA (1978) | USA:Not Rated

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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:
Continuity: In the scene where the prisoners share cigarettes amongst each other, one of the man saves his cigarette for later and puts it behind his right ear. In the next shot of him, the cigarette isn't there, but we see him picking it from behind his ear just a few seconds later.See more »
Quotes:
Philippe Gerbier:See you later, Comrade.
Legrain:...You're a communist?
Philippe Gerbier:No. But I can still have comrades.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Mémoires pour Simone (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stompin' at the SavoySee more »

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72 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece by the book, 12 July 2004
Author: auberus from Lomé

Never before (and after) a movie on French Resistance has been so "glamourless". Jean-Pierre Melville has been hailed as the father of the French gangster film. Certainly, his gangster films are probably the films for which he is best known (Le Doulos, Deuxieme Soufflé, Le Samourai, Le cercle rouge, Bob le flambeur) on par if not better than anything which Hollywood produced. Yet the world of the anonymous gun-toting hoodlum occupies only a part of his oeuvre.

'L'armee des ombres' (aka The Shadow Army) is Jean Pierre Melville 1969 masterpiece and does not deal with gangsters. The film is a mix of the director's war time experiences in the French Resistance and Joseph Kessel successful wartime novel. What is remarkable about this film is that Melville turned a mosaic of anecdotes that Kessel's novel is all about into a great, dark epic.

From the chilling opening shot of Germans marching down the Champs-Elysées to the final scene involving the fellow Resistant Mathilde (the great Simone Signoret) the film seems to demonstrate that fighting for an ideal often leads towards death and solitude. What Melville does successfully is to show those dead-ends the way they occur to their protagonist (very simply and minimalist), however more than showing them Mr. Melville managed to make these realities (death and solitude) an equally tragic experienced for the audience...

'L'armee des ombres' is Melville's most moving film, a monument to the spirit of the Resistance rather than its actuality. A poignant drama with a strong performance from not only Lino Ventura but also Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean Pierre Cassel, Claude Mann, Paul Crauchet to name a few.

This is probably Melville's greatest cinematographic achievement and, when fiction becomes reality, when actors leave behind their egos to resurrect into heroes, when the colors of the film mirror the one of the soul and when silence becomes music, true cinema has been achieved… 'L'armee des ombres' is a terrible yet powerful experience in which the words duty, courage, abnegation get charged with meaning…

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