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10 March 1993 (France) See more »
This movie is only made of archive pictures: the official newsreels that were broadcasted on French... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Claude Chabrol obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 14 September 2010, 3:47 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michel Bouquet ... Narrator / Récitant (voice)

Brian Cox ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maquisard Alfonso ... Himself (archive footage)
General Bergeret ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Bichelonne ... Himself (archive footage)
Maquisard Boczov ... Himself (archive footage)
Pierre Boisson ... Himself (archive footage)
Abel Bonnard ... Himself (archive footage)
René Bousquet ... Himself (archive footage)
Amédée Bussière ... Himself (archive footage)
Préfet Carle ... Himself (archive footage)
Procureur Cassaigneau ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcel Cerdan ... Himself (archive footage)
François Darlan ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Darnand ... Himself (archive footage)
Fernand de Brinon ... Himself (archive footage)
Alphonse de Chateaubriant ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself (archive footage)
Darquier de Pellepoix ... Himself (archive footage)
Jacques Doriot ... Himself (archive footage)
Henri Du Moulin ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcel Déat ... Himself (archive footage)
José Ferrer ... Himself (archive footage)
Maquisard Fingerweig ... Himself (archive footage)
Francisco Franco ... Himself (archive footage)
Monsieur Frehel ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage)
Philippe Henriot ... Himself (archive footage)
Reinhard Heydrich ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Huntziger ... Himself (archive footage)
Helmut Knochen ... Himself (archive footage)
Pierre Koenig ... Himself (archive footage)
Monsieur Laconde ... Himself (archive footage)
Monsieur Lagardelle ... Himself (archive footage)
Georges Lamirand ... Himself (archive footage)
Pierre Laval ... Himself (archive footage)
Admiral Le Luc ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Ley ... Himself (archive footage)
Achille Magny ... Himself (archive footage)
Maquisard Manouchian ... Himself (archive footage)
Hans Joachim Marseille ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Mayol de Luppé ... Himself (archive footage)
Monsieur Mesnard ... Himself (archive footage)
Léon Noël ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Oberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Edgar Puaud ... Himself (archive footage)
Philippe Pétain ... Himself (archive footage)
Maquisard Rayman ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Reynaud ... Himself (archive footage)
Erwin Rommel ... Himself (archive footage)
Georges Scapini ... Himself (archive footage)
Rudolf Schleier ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Schmidt ... Himself (archive footage)
Albert Speer ... Himself (archive footage)
Monsieur Tanenzat ... Himself (archive footage)
Gerd von Rundstedt ... Himself - in Paris (archive footage)
Maxime Weygand ... Himself (archive footage)

James Cagney ... Undetermined Film Role: Gambling (archive footage) (uncredited)

Norma Shearer ... Undetermined Film Role: Dancing (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Azéma  writer
Robert O. Paxton  writer

Produced by
Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Levi .... executive producer (as Jean-Pierre Ramsay Levi)
Film Editing by
Frédéric Lossignol 
Stéphanie Louis 
Production Management
Armelle Protte .... production manager
Daniel Szuster .... production manager
Sound Department
Sophie Cerda .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Claude Boukriss .... camera operator
Other crew
Sandrine Magner .... production staff
Marcel Mazoyer .... agent technique
Edith Reta .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Eyes of Vichy" - USA (review title)
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USA:110 min
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
How the war was portrayed to those under German occupation, 14 July 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Claude Lelouch weaves together Vichy and German newsreels to paint a portrait of how they wanted to portray the war to those under occupation.

Interesting look at how the Vichy government presented itself and the war to the people it was ruling over. More a footnote film rather than a full meal it moves along at a good clip and never gets boring. The film assumes you have some knowledge of the war since the narration of Brian Cox (in the English version) is geared to briefly putting what you are seeing in context of dates not for telling you anything particularly deep. The film is the march of the war across the movie screens of France, the deeper implications of what we are seeing is left for the passage of time and the viewer to fill in, we know how different things are because history has told us what really was going on. Some of the best bits are some weirdly chilling moments as the news reel narration is placed by Resistance broadcasts. In those moments time shifts and we are truly back in France during the Occupation. If there is any real flaw it's that we never see anything complete we see only clips. It would have been nice to see one complete newsreel so that we got a feel for how the news was presented.

Recommended for those with an interest in how the war was seen by a conquered people.

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