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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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(22 articles)
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Stunning, enlightening and unforgettable! 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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Originally intended for French television but broadcasters refused to show it.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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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Stunning, enlightening and unforgettable!, 22 November 2001
Author: Mrs.Mike from Arlington, Texas

If you are a movie buff, you have probably gotten the impression from the bulk of movies about WWII that the French populace as a whole fought bravely to resist the Nazi Occupation. "The Sorrow and the Pity" makes it clear that such was not the case. This stunning documentary includes interviews from people from all shades of the spectrum politically, philosophically and socially. The interviewers did a great job of coaxing the truth from these people by being friendly rather than confrontational. Some of the most amazing footage is from German newsreels, with the ghastly "pure race" prejudices being illustrated with a very sarcastic commentary on some of the French prisoners of war. I think that every high school student in The United States should see this film so that they understand that you can't always just " go along to get long". Of course, with the average high school student's attention span, it would have to be shown in shorter installments. This film is completely worthwhile and never boring!

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