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Army of Shadows ()

L'armée des ombres (original title)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

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Philippe Gerbier
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Luc Jardie
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Jean François Jardie
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Mathilde
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Claude Ullmann dit 'Le Masque'
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Felix Lepercq
Christian Barbier ...
Guillaume Vermersch dit 'Le Bison'
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The hairdresser
André Dewavrin ...
Colonel Passy
Alain Dekok ...
Legrain
Alain Mottet ...
Commander of the camp
Alain Libolt ...
Paul Dounat
Jean-Marie Robain ...
Baron de Ferte Talloire
Albert Michel ...
Gendarm
Denis Sadier ...
Gestapo's doctor
Georges Sellier ...
Colonel Jarret du Plessis
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Octave Bonnafous
Hubert de Lapparent ...
Aubert, Pharmacien
Colin Mann ...
Dispatcher
Anthony Stuart ...
R.A.F. Major
Michel Fretault ...
Anonymous Patriot
Gérard-Antoine Huart ...
(as Gérard Huart)
Percival Russel
Michel Dacquin ...
Cellmate
Jeanne Pérez
Pierre Vaudier
Jacques Marbeuf ...
S.S. Interrogation Officer
Franz Sauer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Bernier ...
L'adjudant douanier
Gaston Meunier ...
Controleur des bagages
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Secretary music-hall agency (uncredited)
Adrien Cayla-Legrand ...
Général De Gaulle (uncredited)
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Une amie de Jean-François (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean-Pierre Melville

Written by

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Joseph Kessel ... (novel)
 
Jean-Pierre Melville ... (adaptation)

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Jacques Dorfmann ... producer

Music by

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Éric Demarsan ... (as Eric De Marsan)

Cinematography by

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Pierre Lhomme
Walter Wottitz

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Françoise Bonnot

Production Design by

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Théobald Meurisse

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Théobald Meurisse

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Colette Baudot ... (as Madame Colette Baudot)

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Maud Begon ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Alain Quefféléan ... production manager (as A. Quefféléan)

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Jean-François Adam ... assistant director (as J.F. Adam)
Georges Pellegrin ... assistant director (as G. Pellegrin)
Jean-Claude Ventura ... assistant director (as J.C. Ventura)

Art Department

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Marc Desages ... second assistant set decorator
Henri Sonois ... first assistant set decorator (as Enriqué Sonnois)
Roger Volper ... property master

Sound Department

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Jacques Carrère ... sound director
Jean Nény ... sound director (as Jean Neni)
Alex Pront ... sound director
Victor Revelli ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Walter Wottitz ... special photographic effects

Visual Effects by

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Georges Tornero ... restoration

Camera and Electrical Department

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Philippe Brun ... camera operator
Pierre Li ... first assistant camera
Jacques Renard ... second assistant camera
Raymond Voinquel ... still photographer
Walter Wottitz ... camera operator: aerial unit / camera operator: underwater unit

Music Department

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Robert Pouret ... music editor
Bob Vatel ... musician: piano

Other crew

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Betty Elvira ... script girl
Jean-Pierre Spiri-Mercanton ... general manager (as J.P. Spiri-Mercanton)
Howard Vernon ... dialogue: English
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Plot Summary

France, 1942, under German occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is a French Resistance commandant. Denounced by a French collaborator, he is interned in a concentration camp. He manages to escape, and rejoins his network in Marseille, where he has the traitor executed. This movie reveals rigorously and austerely what life was like in the French Resistance: the solitude and fear of its members; their relationships with one another; the constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo; the Resistance command structure and the way its orders were carried out. Head writer Joseph Kessel and co-writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville were both veterans of the "Shadow Army". Written by Yepok

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Taglines Betrayal. Loyalty. Collaboration. Resistance. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'armata degli eroi (Italy)
  • The Army of Shadows (World-wide, English title)
  • The Army of Shadows (Europe, English title)
  • Army of Shadows (World-wide, English title)
  • Army of Shadows (United States)
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Runtime
  • 145 min
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Trivia For the shot depicting German soldiers marching down the Champs Elysees, Jean-Pierre Melville thought that it would be impossible to get regular Frenchmen to provide the proper marching movements. He ended up casting dancers to correctly provide the march steps he wanted from the soldiers. This shot was originally the last in the film and prints were sent to theaters with it in that place. After the first showings, Melville decided the scene was better placed at the start of the film and it was physically spliced into the new position. This apparently resulted in several missing frames in the negative. These frames were restored from another source when the 2005 digital restoration was accomplished. See more »
Goofs The submarine used in the film is a French Navy's Aréthuse-class submarine, Argonaute (S636) (even the number and name visible during boarding scene). It was launched on 23 October 1958 which is more than 15 years after the events that take place in the film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Mémoires pour Simone (1986). See more »
Soundtracks L'Armée Des Ombres See more »
Quotes Philippe Gerbier: See you later, Comrade.
Legrain: ...You're a communist?
Philippe Gerbier: No. But I can still have comrades.
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