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Lacombe, Lucien -- One of the first French films to address the issue of collaboration during the German occupation, Louis Malle's brave and controversial Lacombe, Lucien traces a young peasant's journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit.

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29 September 1974 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Pierre Blaise ... Lucien Lacombe

Aurore Clément ... 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
Jean Bousquet ... Peyssac
Franz Rudnick
Jean-Louis Blum
Claude Marcan
Jean Maurat
Gabriel Cabessut
Mimi Juskiewenski
Albert Tillet
René Thauran
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mimi Juskienwenski
Jean Mourat
Roger Riffard
Walter Seldmayer
René Thouron
Philippe Henriot ... Himself (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Louis Malle 
Patrick Modiano 

Produced by
Louis Malle .... producer
Claude Nedjar .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
 
Casting by
Catherine Vernoux 
 
Production Design by
Ghislain Uhry 
 
Set Decoration by
Henri Vergnes 
 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
 
Makeup Department
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist (as Nguyen Thi Loan)
Janou Pottier .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Paul Maigret .... production manager
Jean-Pierre Pessoz .... unit manager trainee
Roland Thénot .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Pierre Dion .... assistant director
Marc Grunebaum .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Nara Kollery .... sound mixer
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound engineer
Michel Vionnet .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Barrau .... assistant camera
François Catonné .... assistant camera
Louis Gasperina .... chief electrician
André Thiéry .... key grip
Patrice Wyers .... camera operator
Pierre Zucca .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanine Fauvel .... wardrobe
Geneviève Tonnelier .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Reine Wekstein .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stéphane Grappelli .... musician
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor
Simone Clément .... production secretary
Christian Ferry .... development
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lacombe Lucien" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
138 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Lucien Lacombe:I don't like people talking down to me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »

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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
or the portrait of a young man, victim of his naivety, 19 October 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

When this movie was released in 1974, it created a huge scandal and strong controversies because it was the first movie about the second world war to introduce a collaborator and not a resistant as a main character. Louis Malle was surely affected by these controversies and he decided to escape into the dream and imagination in his next film: the odd and underrated "Black Moon". So the main character here, Lucien Lacombe, is a member of the German police but he didn't choose this situation because he is anti-semitic or he's fond of Nazi thesis. It's simply because he is a victim of his naivety and of his foolishness and he's easy to persuade. Several times in the movie, you are under the impression that he doesn't know what he's doing or saying (for example, when he's drinking champagne with Albert Horn, a Jew tailor and his daughter France). On the other hand, the stroke is responsible of Lucien's entrance in the collaboration: the school teacher doesn't want him to enter the Resistance because he's too young, he had a flat tyre.... Moreover, the action takes place in june 1944 and it's not the right era: it's nearly the end of the war I also noticed that the collaborators were initiating him into several activities (at one moment, one of them is learning him to fire with a browning) without taking care of his opinion. With all these happenings, Lucien's behaviour is changing: he becomes rough, haughty, scornful, takes advantage of his wealthy life and committs a few errors ( Horn is under arrest due to him and he didn't want it to happen). At the end, Pierre Blaise provides a great calibre in his main rôle and thanks to this, the film is strong, powerful and remain one of Malle's best films.

Note: the movie was inspired by a real fact: during the second world war in France, a young collaborator had arrested and killed numerous resistants.



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