From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière, one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms. Written by
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According to the book 'Picture this! - a guide to over 300 environmentally, socially, and politically relevant films and videos ' by Sky Hiatt, this movie details how Adolf Hitler
" . . . controlled the film industry [in German occupied World War II France], producing odious propaganda disguised as art. These films - often presented as French-made - promoted the vision of German heroes cleaning up the anarchy of France. Many featured the execution of Jews guilty of violating racial purity laws with French nationals. But while many boycotted the film industry and thousands went underground to work with the resistance, others gave in to the occupation." See more
Some people are resistants by nature. In other words, some people are naturally headstrong. Others on the contrary, try to adapt to the circumstances, and get what they can out of it. If you are a resistant over everything and nothing, you're exaggerating. But if you accept everything, you're lying.
Features Jud Süß
to 'Triumph over France'"
Written by Grigory Kaputnikov (pseudo-name Siegfried Karl Schlegelmeyer)
(heard in footage when Hitler cames to Paris) See more