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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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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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Brilliant and Complex Story of Innocence Lost See more (33 total) »

Cast

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

Aurore Clément ... France Horn
Holger Löwenadler ... Albert Horn, the tailor
Therese Giehse ... Bella Horn
Stéphane Bouy ... Jean-Bernard
Loumi Iacobesco ... Betty Beaulieu
René Bouloc ... Faure
Pierre Decazes ... Aubert
Jean Rougerie ... Tonin, the chief of police
Cécile Ricard ... Marie, the hotel maid
Jacqueline Staup ... Lucienne Chauvelot
Ave Ninchi ... Mme Georges
Pierre Saintons ... Hippolyte, the black collaborator
Gilberte Rivet ... mére de Lucien
Jacques Rispal ... M. Laborit, le propriétaire
Jean Bousquet ... Peyssac, the schoolteacher
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)
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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 (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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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »

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51 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant and Complex Story of Innocence Lost, 5 August 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Lacombe Lucien is an understated yet complex story of innocence corrupted by war. Though commercially successful, the film was judged harshly in France by critics on the Left because of its non-judgmental stance toward collaboration. Indeed, the film offers no psychological interpretations but is content to simply show what happened in almost Bressonian fashion (Malle worked as an assistant with Bresson in producing a documentary).

Based on the childhood memories of Louis Malle, Lacombe Lucien tells the story of Lucien (Pierre Blaise) a rural French teenager who, having been rejected by the French resistance in 1944, joins with the German occupiers and becomes an enforcer. It is brilliant in its understated portrait of how self-interest and pride can lead to regrettable choices.

Lucien lives with his mother together with another man while his father remains a prisoner of war. With limited education and lacking sophistication, Lucien is angered when his desire to join the underground is rejected because of his youth. Instead, he opportunistically becomes a member of the German police and soon takes on the persona of a surly thug. Malle makes clear that Lucien is neither fundamentally good nor bad, but only becomes involved with the Gestapo through a series of accidental circumstances. Though the film implies that Lucien is attracted to the Gestapo as a means for an individual without status or power to achieve a sense of self worth, ultimately Lucien must take responsibility for his choice.

He becomes involved with Albert Horn (Holger Lowenadler), a wealthy Jewish tailor from Paris, his mother Bella (Therese Giehse) who has lived in an Eastern European ghetto, and his young daughter France (Aurore Clement) who is totally Parisian and uncomfortable with her Jewish heritage. Their relationship becomes the turning point for Lucien's struggle to come to grips with who he is and retain his humanity. Though I felt repelled by Lucien's actions during the film, I also sympathized with his plight and understood the circumstances that led to his corruption. I felt he was moving toward self-awareness before the end of the film.

Lacombe Lucien poses moral questions about the point that innocence and immorality meet, and with its almost matter-of-fact style, the powerful conclusion almost takes us unaware. I found the film to be gripping and heartfelt and I would strongly recommend it. Pierre Blaise, in his first acting role as Lucien, turns in a performance of raw power. Unfortunately he was killed just one year later in an auto accident at the age of 24.

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