Army of Shadows (1969) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • France, 1942, during the occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is one of the French Resistance's chiefs. Given away by a traitor, he is interned in a camp. He manages to escape, and joins his network at Marseilles, where he makes the traitor be executed... This non-spectacular movie (do not expect any Rambo or Robin Hood) shows us rigorously and austerely the everyday of the French Resistants : their solitude, their fears, their relationships, the arrests, the forwarding of orders and their carrying out... Both writer Joseph Kessel and co-writer and director Jean-Pierre Melville belonged to this "Army in the Shadows".

  • In 1942, in France, the engineer and chief of a cell of resistance Philippe Gerbier is arrested and sent to a prisoner camp. He succeeds to escape and together with Felix Lepercq and the resistance killer Claude "The Mask" Ullmann, they kidnap the traitor that gave him away to the Germans and execute him. Gerbier travels to London to discuss external support to the resistance and meanwhile Felix is captured by the Germans and tortured. The resistance members Mathilde, Guillaume "Bison" Vermersch and the Mask unsuccessfully try to rescue him. But the brother of the resistance chief Luc Jardie, Jean François Jardie, sacrifices himself to have the chance to give a cyanide pill to Felix. Along the months the group operates until the day one member is captured by the Germans and becomes a threat to the others and shall be executed.

  • An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.


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