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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 »
NewsDesk:
(64 articles)
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Could Have Been Called "Army of the Dead" 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the shooting of this film, Lino Ventura and the director Jean-Pierre Melville did not speak to each other. They only communicated through assistants.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:
Jean François Jardie:She said five minutes, but she'll wait a lifetime.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Mémoires pour Simone (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)See more »

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Could Have Been Called "Army of the Dead", 3 April 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows" is a sombre film about the French Resistance during WWII. It's yet one more movie that makes me feel like I have a terrible grasp of history, as I knew virtually nothing about the movement before seeing this. Melville himself was a member of the Resistance, so I can only assume that his film is fairly accurate. It's powerful, but not obviously so. It doesn't inspire tremendous reactions or emotions while viewing it, but it gets in your head and stays there.

The film is lacking any of that championing of the underdog spirit that infuses so many other stories about scrappy groups resisting the tyranny of the powerful. The members of the French Resistance in this film live like unearthly beings, skittering from one shadowy doorway to another, trying to erase any sign of themselves. The movie suggests that this need for non-existence bleeds into their psychology as well -- the film's main character becomes nearly inhuman in his devotion to the cause and his ability to ruthlessly do away with colleagues when there's a chance that one of them might jeopardize the others. He's not inhuman, but he must do inhuman things, because the desperation of his and his comrades' situations calls for it.

The Criterion Collection's print of the film looks terrific, or at least as terrific as the film's dreary pallet of grey and brown will allow. Melville gives the film an authentic look -- only some scenes set in the London blitz and on an aircraft carrier have a studio set look to them.

A shot of the Arc di Triomphe both opens and closes the film: a symbol of the France that would eventually emerge from the dark days of WWII, or an ironic jab at a country that can't take much credit for fighting off the tyranny of fascism?

Grade: A

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