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The Sorrow and the Pity ()

Le chagrin et la pitié (original title)
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An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Bidault ...
Himself
Matthäus Bleibinger ...
Himself - Wehrmacht Soldier in the Auvergne (as Mathaus Bleibinger)
Charles Braun
Maurice Buckmaster ...
Himself - Former Head of the British Underground
Emile Coulaudon ...
Himself - Former Head of the Auvergne Maquis
Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie ...
Himself - Founder of the Liberation Movement
René de Chambrun ...
Himself - International Lawyer (as Count René de Chambrun)
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Himself - Aristocratic Former Nazi
Darquier de Pellepoix ...
Himself - Handshake with Heydrich (archiveFootage)
Jacques Doriot ...
Himself - Head of the French Popular Party, 1942 (archiveFootage)
R. Du Jonchay ...
Himself - Head of the Resistance Movement (as Colonel R. du Jonchay)
Jacques Duclos ...
Himself - Former Secretary of the Clandestine Communist Party
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(as Lord Avon)
Sgt. Evans
Marcel Fouche-Degliame ...
Himself - Director of the Combat Movement (as Marcel Degliame-Fouche)
Raphael Geminiani ...
Himself - Champion Professional Cyclist
Alexis Grave
Louis Grave ...
Himself - Resistance Fighter
Marius Klein
Georges Lamirand ...
Himself - Minister of Youth, 1941-43
Pierre Laval ...
Himself - French Minister of State (archiveFootage)
Pierre Le Calvez ...
Himself - Theater Owner
Mr. Leiris ...
Himself - Former Mayor of Combronde
Claude Levy ...
Himself - Author and Biologist (as Dr. Claude Levy)
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Himself - Former Prime Minister of France
Cmdt. Menut
Elmar Michel
Mr. Mioche ...
Himself - Hotelier in Royat
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Interviewer
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Himself - British Secret Agent
Henri Rochat ...
Himself - Defense Lawyer
Paul Schmidt
Mme. Solange ...
Herself - Beautician
Edward Spears ...
Himself
Helmut Tausend ...
Himself - Former Wehrmacht Captain (as Helmuth Tausend)
Roger Tounze
Marcel Verdier
Walter Warlimont
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
René Bousquet ...
Himself - with Laval (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - Denies Making Tour of Germany (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Marcel Ophüls

Written by

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André Harris ... (writer)
 
Marcel Ophüls ... (writer)

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Charles-Henri Favrod ... co-producer
André Harris ... producer
Alain de Sedouy ... producer

Cinematography by

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André Gazut
Jürgen Thieme

Film Editing by

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Claude Vajda

Editorial Department

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Heidi Endruwelt ... assistant editor
Wiebke Vogler ... assistant editor
Julie Keye ... apprentice editor adr (uncredited)

Production Management

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Wolfgang Theile ... production director

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Claude Vajda ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Bernard Migy ... sound
Wolfgang Schröter ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alain Demartines ... assistant camera

Other crew

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Woody Allen ... presenter
Suzy Benhiat ... documentarist: UK
Eliane Cochi ... documentarist: France (as Eliane Filippi)
Christoph Derschau ... documentarist: Germany

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière, one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms. Written by

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Also Known As
  • Das Haus nebenan - Chronik einer französischen Stadt im Kriege (West Germany)
  • Zorn und Mitleid (West Germany)
  • The Sorrow and the Pity (United States)
  • The Sorrow and the Shame (United States)
  • The Sorrow and the Pity (World-wide, English title)
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  • 251 min
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Trivia Originally intended for French television but broadcasters refused to show it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Annie Hall (1977). See more »
Soundtracks Ça Sent si Bon la France See more »
Quotes Dr. Claude Levy: France is the only government in all Europe whose government collaborated. Others signed an armistice or surrendered, but France was the only country to have collaborated and voted laws which were even more racist than the Nuremberg laws, as the French racist criteria were even more demanding than the German racist criteria. It's not something to be proud of.
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