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Le franciscain de Bourges (1968)

The story of priest Alfred Stanke, interned by the Gestapo of Bourges in 1944-45.

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Alfred Stanke
Béatrix Dussane ...
La dame élégante
Jean-Pierre Dorat ...
Marc (as Jean-Pierre Dora)
Gérard Berner ...
Yves
Jacques Ferrière ...
M. Desgeorges
Claude Vernier ...
Schulz
Annick Allières ...
Mme Desgeorges
Christian Barbier ...
L'abbé Barret
Nicole Chollet ...
Clara
Denis Develoux ...
Serge
Jacques Echantillon
Bruno Garcin
Jean-Pierre Hercé ...
Jean-Pierre
Ramón Iglesias ...
Paoli (as Ramon Iglesias)
Sylvain Joubert ...
Lucien
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The story of priest Alfred Stanke, interned by the Gestapo of Bourges in 1944-45.

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A saint in Hell.
28 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Those were the dark hours of the Occupation in France .The sinister Gestapo was torturing prisoners -some of whom were still almost children-in a jail where a German priest was trying to ease their terrible pain.This man was a Franciscan Brother (hence the title) but he was above all a man for whom all are brothers .

This is German actor Hardy Kruger's lifetime part.He gives a restrained performance but he makes us feel his sympathy for these suffering people.As he is fluent in French,it's his voice we hear in this French movie.

Claude Autant- Lara ,who had tackled a highly topical subject at the beginning of the sixties (conscientious objection ,"tu ne tueras point"),made another courageous movie with "le Franciscain de Bourges":the French audience,twenty years after WW2,was perhaps not ready to learn that among devils there might have been good men.

This is a true story.It was filmed where the events happened.Hardy Kruger refused any fee for his extremely moving part of Alfred,a saint in a living hell.


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