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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Blaise ...
Lucien Lacombe
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France Horn
Holger Löwenadler ...
Albert Horn
Therese Giehse ...
Bella Horn
Stéphane Bouy ...
Jean-Bernard
Loumi Iacobesco ...
Betty Beaulieu
René Bouloc ...
Faure
Pierre Decazes ...
Aubert
Jean Rougerie ...
Tonin
Cécile Ricard ...
Marie
Jacqueline Staup ...
Lucienne Chauvelot
Ave Ninchi ...
Mme. Georges
Pierre Saintons ...
Hippolyte
Gilberte Rivet ...
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

Lucien Lacombe: What are those other people doing in our house?
mére de Lucien: They're helping Monsieur Laborit. I let them have the house.
Lucien Lacombe: Things have changed around here.
mére de Lucien: The work has to be done. Your father's a prisoner and Joseph's gone.
Lucien Lacombe: Really?
M. Laborit: Joined the underground, the bum!
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Music by Django Reinhardt
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Realistic portrayal of human weakness
9 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Louis Malle is a master of representing human behavior in a believable manner. By avoiding stereotypical characters, the director maintains a more intense level of suspense due to the unpredictability of the main protagonists. All the performances are excellent especially Pierre Blaise and Aurore Clement as Lucien and France. In my old age, I find French and Italian films present women in a much more interesting and appealing manner than American films where they tend to be little more than eye candy or character studies with minimal sensuality. Virginia Madsen's portrayal of Maya in Sideways is one of the few American performances that can compare with Aurore Clement as France or Jeanne Moreau in Le Notte. Male European directors undoubtedly have a better and more mature understanding of the female psyche. The untimely death of Pierre Blaise shorty after the completion of this film only adds to the importance of this work since he displays a unique talent which was tragically cut short. Weaknesses in the film are a limited portrayal of the resistance fighters and a truncated ending which did not segue well with the final scene.


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