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Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

Lacombe Lucien (original title)
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ... See full summary »

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Lucien Lacombe
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France Horn
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Albert Horn
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Bella Horn
Stéphane Bouy ...
Jean-Bernard
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Betty Beaulieu
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Faure
Pierre Decazes ...
Aubert
Jean Rougerie ...
Tonin
Cécile Ricard ...
Marie
Jacqueline Staup ...
Lucienne Chauvelot
Ave Ninchi ...
Mme. Georges
Pierre Saintons ...
Hippolyte
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mére de Lucien
Jacques Rispal ...
M. Laborit
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A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates her employer, works for the German police. He then meets France Horn, the daughter of a rich jewish tailor. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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29 September 1974 (USA)  »

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The film was considered rather controversial at the time as it showed a more accurate depiction of the ratio of collaborators to resistance unlike many other French produced films that suggest there were very few collaborators due to the sense of betrayal felt. See more »

Quotes

France Horn: [Crying] I can't stand it anymore. I'm tired of being a Jew.
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Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Mademoiselle Swing
Performed by Irène de Trebert
Lyrics by Louis Poterat
Music by Raymond Legrand
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One of Malle's finest comes to DVD
18 December 2005 | by (Hattiesburg, Miss.) – See all my reviews

Of all of the hundreds of foreign films I've seen through my 42 years, one has stood out in mind – a film I first saw in 1979 and again in 1980. "Lacombe, Lucien," director Louis Malle's searing, powerful film of innocence lost and how power corrupts, is one of the great films in French cinema. That the French themselves criticized the film on its initial release is amazing. That this film has gone for so long without a proper DVD release is unforgivable. The drought of its release to home video is about to end. The Criterion Collection is releasing "Lacombe, Lucien" as part of a three film box set retrospective on Mallle's French films ("Au Revoir Les Infant" and "Murmus of the Heart," two great Malle's features in their own right). "Lacombe, Lucien" also will be available separately by itself. Either way, modern American audiences will finally be able to see this film. And they won't be disappointed. Malle's film tells the story about a young French boy who joins the Nazis and snubs the French Resistance during the German occupation of France. From the powerful performances all the way to Malle's meticulous production design that beautifully recreates period France, this film is unbeatable. As much as I enjoy watching Truffaut films, nothing compares to the genius of Malle. From his French films to his American productions, Malle truly was a genius of the cinema. I suggest you buy the three-film retrospective. Or at the least, but "Lacombe Lucien."


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