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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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Release Date:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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The arrogance and naivety of youth. See more (35 total) »

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)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Albert Horn, the tailor:[to Lucien] It's funny... I can't manage to hate you completely.See more »
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The arrogance and naivety of youth., 17 August 2008
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Having been rejected by the Resistance for being too young, teenager Lucien Lacombe joins the Gestapo in a show of defiance. But upon falling for the daughter of a Jewish tailor, Lucien begins to view his actions in a very different light.

Louis Malle was never a director to worry about public opinion, having ruffled feathers with his intellectual study of incest in 1971s, Soufflé au coeur, Le, he practically ostracised himself with this simmering collaboration piece. Tho it has to be said that the sheer weight of the fall out in his home country would surely have taken him by surprise, however, what remains to this day is a highly accomplished character piece that engrosses from the get go. It's now something of common knowledge that Malle drew from his own upbringing by way of motivation in some of his work, how much of this particular story affected him is not entirely clear, but what isn't in doubt is that the directors time during the occupation of France lends this piece an aura of honesty, it feels personal, and the result is very special indeed.

Each individual viewer can interpret the sequence of events as they may, but just maybe Lacombe Lucien is a simple portrayal of a missed opportunity, and this missed opportunity coupled with naivety bred the wickedness that is viewed in the film. The theme of betrayal hangs heavy in the story, and the mere fact that Malle refused to take sides with his outlaying of the story, only furthers the sense of intrigue that covers the viewer come the stunning ending, an ending that creeps up on you and begs you for another thought process.

Sadly, first time actor Pierre Blaise would perish in a road accident a year after Lacombe Lucien's release, his portrayal of the title character is truly wonderful and it leaves a truly fitting epitaph indeed. Lacombe Lucien is highly recommended cinema, uneasy and itchy at times for sure, but it's never less than masterful in its approach on either side of the camera. 9/10

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