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Director:
Writers:
André Harris (writer)
Marcel Ophüls (writer)
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Release Date:
25 March 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Fine though un-systematic look at French in city during German Occupation See more (31 total) »

Cast

 
Georges Bidault ... Himself
Matthäus Bleibinger ... Himself - Wehrmacht Soldier in the Auvergne (as Mathaus Bleibinger)
Charles Braun
Maurice Buckmaster ... Himself - Former Head of the British Underground
Emile Coulaudon ... Himself - Former Head of the Auvergne Maquis
Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie ... Himself - Founder of the Liberation Movement
René de Chambrun ... Himself - International Lawyer (as Count René de Chambrun)
Christian de la Mazière ... Himself - Aristocratic Former Nazi
Darquier de Pellepoix ... Himself - Handshake with Heydrich (archive footage)
Jacques Doriot ... Himself - Head of the French Popular Party, 1942 (archive footage)
R. Du Jonchay ... Himself - Head of the Resistance Movement (as Colonel R. du Jonchay)
Jacques Duclos ... Himself - Former Secretary of the Clandestine Communist Party
Anthony Eden ... (also archive footage) (as Lord Avon)
Sgt. Evans
Marcel Fouche-Degliame ... Himself - Director of the Combat Movement (as Marcel Degliame-Fouche)
Raphael Geminiani ... Himself - Champion Professional Cyclist
Alexis Grave
Louis Grave ... Himself - Resistance Fighter
Marius Klein
Georges Lamirand ... Himself - Minister of Youth, 1941-43
Pierre Laval ... Himself - French Minister of State (archive footage)
Pierre Le Calvez ... Himself - Theater Owner
Mr. Leiris ... Himself - Former Mayor of Combronde
Claude Levy ... Himself - Author and Biologist (as Dr. Claude Levy)
Pierre Mendès-France ... Himself - Former Prime Minister of France
Cmdt. Menut
Elmar Michel
Mr. Mioche ... Himself - Hotelier in Royat
Marcel Ophüls ... Interviewer
Denis Rake ... Himself - British Secret Agent
Henri Rochat ... Himself - Defense Lawyer
Paul Schmidt
Mme. Solange ... Herself - Beautician
Edward Spears ... Himself
Helmut Tausend ... Himself - Former Wehrmacht Captain (as Helmuth Tausend)
Roger Tounze
Marcel Verdier
Walter Warlimont
Junie Astor ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
René Bousquet ... Himself - with Laval (archive footage) (uncredited)

Maurice Chevalier ... Himself - Denies Making Tour of Germany (archive footage) (uncredited)

Danielle Darrieux ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Suzy Delair ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Reinhard Heydrich ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Albert Préjean ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Philippe Pétain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Viviane Romance ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Marcel Ophüls 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
André Harris  writer
Marcel Ophüls  writer

Produced by
André Harris .... producer
Alain de Sedouy .... producer
 
Cinematography by
André Gazut 
Jürgen Thieme 
 
Film Editing by
Claude Vajda 
 
Production Management
Wolfgang Theile .... production director
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Vajda .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bernard Migy .... sound
Wolfgang Schroeter .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alain Demartines .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Heidi Endruwelt .... assistant editor
Wiebke Vogler .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Woody Allen .... presenter (2000 version)
Suzy Benhiat .... documentarist: UK
Eliane Cochi .... documentarist: France (as Eliane Filippi)
Christoph Derschau .... documentarist: Germany
 

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Also Known As:
"Le chagrin et la pitié" - France (original title)
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251 min
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In point of fact, to say this is about the collaborationist film making during the occupation is to say you haven't seen the film. That bits of film from that era are used, it's true, but it is about interviews with people who had nothing to do with film production.See more »
Quotes:
Georges Bidault: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.See more »
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Fine though un-systematic look at French in city during German Occupation, 12 December 2002
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

This is a fine documentary. Marcel Ophuls, the interviewer and director, is never too intrusive, never too opinionated - like a Ted Koppel or Jim Lehrer, he doesn't try to censor the views of those he interviews but to ask questions to help elucidate them.

The documentary selects a few dozen people to interview - virtually all with different roles and attitudes during the Occupation. I found particularly interesting:

the French doctor with "7.5 children" (?) who was concerned primarily with feeding his family throughout the Occupation and was thrilled when hunting began after a two year moratorium,

the champion bicyclist who began against great competition in 1943 because of the number of French riding bicycles due to the absence of gas to run their motorbikes or cars (and who said he didn't see many Germans around Clermont-Ferrand in Vichy France)

the extraordinarily gentlemanly and rather shy-seeming Resistance chief who refused to cooperate with the Communists in his ferocious anti-Nazi work,

the British transvestite singer who became a secret agent for the British in occupied France and broke up with his German soldier lover for fear of compromising him,

Anthony Eden's extraordinary tact and intelligence,

Pierre Mendes-France's wonderful restraint, objectivity, humor and

absence of recrimination,

the German father of the bride at a wedding reception whose attitude toward his (undoubtedly brave) service in the War is wholly uncolored by the fact that the country for which he fought was the aggressor, totalitarian, and vigorously persecutor of groups - (I actually suspect that if one were merely a soldier and had not personally acted dishonorably in the War, this is the attitude that most would have -whether a German or Russian soldier - despite extending one's own horrible system into the rest of Europe).

For one, such as myself, who does believe the Communist Party, especially in those days of Stalin, to have been as great a menace to the world as the Nazi Party, the documentary's failure to ever ask the Communist officials interviewed about their beliefs about substituting one horror for another is disappointing. I could not forget as I watched the interviews of Communists, the 14.5 million recently killed by the Russians in Ukraine as the result of the terror famine imposed on that region - or the Great Terror that killed more millions and concluded just as the War began. In fact, M. Ophuls discomfits the Resistance leader who defied Orders from the Free French in London to cooperate with the Communists against the Nazis - I felt like applauding his behavior!

I'm sure for most, the most fascinating character is M. de la Maziere, the extraordinarily candid, intelligent, disarming and charming aristocrat and former Fascist youth who, at the end of the War, volunteered to serve on the Eastern Front in the German Waffen S.S. - from which only 300 of the 5000 survived. He was quite remarkable to hear - he'd obviously spent a great deal of time thinking about what he had done, why, and although regretful, was unsparing in his description of what he knew and what he had done. However, in interviewing him in a German castle used between the Wars by the Kaiser, and in 1944 for Petain and Laval, the documentary makes it appear as if the castle somehow relates to de la Maziere - as if he owned it - when in fact Ophuls simply took him there for the interview. It's the one dishonest seeming moment in this wonderful documentary.

I strongly recommmend that others see it - you will wonder how you would react, and think about what those in your own country would react to foreign occupation.

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