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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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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Do we learn from the past?, 3 July 2003
Author: Dave Godin from (Sheffield, England)

Film is the closest to a time-machine that we yet know, and this remarkable compilation of authentic newsreels from the Vichy period, (and let's not forget, the Vichy regime was officially recognised as the legitimate government of France by the USA, the USSR and the Vatican), are particularly chilling since so much of what the politicians and official spokesmen of those times said is unsettlingly close to much of today's political rhetoric. We hear of a United States of Europe, "a New World Order" that is "all" Hitler is seeking to achieve, and how `patriotism' is always free of dissent or criticism. That people constantly fall for this jingoistic rubbish is a cause for mourning rather than celebration, and these films clearly illustrate the overlooked historic fact that France was not `occupied' but had reached an armistice with Germany under the terms of which Germans were allowed to operate in the Northern sector of France. It also shows that Vichy needed no prompting from the Nazis to implement anti-Jewish legislation and eventual persecution and relied on good old French anti-Semitism to get away with it. This film also makes one wonder just how France was deemed `qualified' to administer a zone in post-war Germany, and how truly dangerous it was to be heroic enough to be a member of the Resistance. History is always written by the victors, but the uncomfortable gaps in their given version are exposed when you can see these shadows from the frontline experience. A vital and exceptionally important document.

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