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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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An interesting movie for French history buffs, 24 May 2009
Author: richard-1787 ( from United States

As one poster has already commented, this is a movie designed for those who already know what happened in France in World War II - a French audience, in other words. If you have that knowledge, it is indeed fascinating to see how the Vichy government used newsreels to shape French thought - a classic example of Big Brother in action. Watching this movie also requires that you put yourself back in the era to an extent, to realize the impact these newsreels would have had. Today, we get our news from endless different sources. In World War II, there were newspapers, radio, and what was shown at the local movie house. Since the government could control all three of those, it did. (Yes, there was also short wave radio, which was how the French got news from England.) What I would have liked at the end is a few sentences telling us what became of each of the big figures in the newsreels: Pétain, Doriot, etc.

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