Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
"Lacombe Lucien" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  29 September 1974 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Blaise ...
Lucien Lacombe
France Horn
Holger Löwenadler ...
Albert Horn
Therese Giehse ...
Bella Horn
Stéphane Bouy ...
Loumi Iacobesco ...
Betty Beaulieu
René Bouloc ...
Pierre Decazes ...
Jean Rougerie ...
Cécile Ricard ...
Jacqueline Staup ...
Lucienne Chauvelot
Ave Ninchi ...
Mme. Georges
Pierre Saintons ...
Gilberte Rivet ...
mére de Lucien
Jacques Rispal ...
M. Laborit


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 <>

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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 »


Albert Horn, the tailor: [to Lucien] It's funny... I can't manage to hate you completely.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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The Banality of Evil
22 August 1998 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Hannah Arendt's famous phrase sounds custom-made for this film. Young Lucien wants to join the French Resistance, but he's too immature. No problem, the Gestapo's hiring, and it can get so boring during wartime in a small, provincial town.

This film shocked France with its taboo subject of collaboration. They say that anyone can become a torturer. That is where this film's power lies -- Louis Malle lets us confront our heart of darkness. Devastating and unforgettable.

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