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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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Film Review: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”
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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)
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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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Sky Hiatt in his book book 'Picture this! - a guide to over 300 environmentally, socially, and politically relevant films and videos ' states that this, Marcel Ophüls's film, "sorts out the roles of communism, Marxism, fascism, and German nationalism as they crossed paths in France" during the Second World War.See more »
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Dr. Claude Levy:France is the only government in all Europe whose government collaborated. Others signed an armistice or surrendered, but France was the only country to have collaborated and voted laws which were even more racist than the Nuremberg laws, as the French racist criteria were even more demanding than the German racist criteria. It's not something to be proud of.See more »
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Referenced in Day for Night (1973)See more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Documentary Film Ever Made, 31 January 2002
Author: Steven Rubio from Berkeley, California

The Sorrow and the Pity is not only the greatest documentary film ever made, but also one of the greatest films of any kind. A straightforward description of the film seems to promise limitless boredom: more than four hours of talking-head interviews in at least three different languages, blended with old wartime footage and occasional clips from the likes of Maurice Chevalier. But Ophüls' mastery of film technique allows him to create a thinking-person's masterpiece from these seemingly mundane parts. He interviews people who experienced the Occupation (in the late 60s, when the film was being made, many of them were still alive). Some are famous "big names" of history, such as Pierre Mendes-France, imprisoned during the war, Premier of France later in life, and Sir Anthony Eden, a British prime minister in the mid-50s. But even these men are noteworthy more for their actions as "regular" folks than as statesmen, and the true "stars" of the movie are the various "common men" who tell their personal stories. The Grave brothers, for instance, local farmers who fought in the Resistance, are as far as one might get from Jean-Paul Belmondo, but their pleasure with life and their remembrances of friends and foes during the Occupation establish them as real life heroes.

Thirty years down the road, Ophüls' methodology is as interesting as the history he tells. Merely claiming that Ophüls had an argument seems to work against the surface of his film, for he disguises his point of view, his argument, behind the reminiscing of his interview subjects. The film is a classic of humanist culture in large part because Ophüls, in giving the people the chance to say their piece, apparently puts his faith in those people (and in the audience that watches them) to impart "truth." However, the filmmaker is much cannier than this; he is not artless. The editing of the various perspectives in the movie allows the viewer to form conclusions of their own that don't always match those of the people who are doing the talking in the film. In fact, The Sorrow and the Pity makes great demands on the viewer, not just because of the film's length: Ophüls assumes you are processing the information he's providing, and so the film gets better as it progresses, with the viewer's attention being rewarded in direct correlation with the effort you put in.

And Ophüls is himself the primary interviewer in the film; you don't often actually see him, but he's there, asking the questions, leading on his subjects and his audience, only partly hidden (visually and philosophically) from view. The movie might look easy; there are none of the showy flourishes of a Kubrick or Stone here (or of Max Ophüls, for that matter). But the viewer is advised to remember that Ophüls' guiding hand is always in the background, constructing the film's version of the truth just as the characters do in their stories.

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