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Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

Lacombe Lucien (original title)
In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl.

Director:

Louis Malle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Blaise ... Lucien Lacombe
Aurore Clément ... France Horn
Holger Löwenadler ... Albert Horn
Therese Giehse ... Bella Horn
Stéphane Bouy Stéphane Bouy ... Jean-Bernard
Loumi Iacobesco ... Betty Beaulieu
René Bouloc ... Faure
Pierre Decazes Pierre Decazes ... Aubert
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Tonin
Cécile Ricard Cécile Ricard ... Marie
Jacqueline Staup Jacqueline Staup ... Lucienne Chauvelot
Ave Ninchi Ave Ninchi ... Mme. Georges
Pierre Saintons Pierre Saintons ... Hippolyte
Gilberte Rivet ... mére de Lucien
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... M. Laborit
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Storyline

A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates her employer, works for the German police. He then meets France Horn, the daughter of a rich jewish tailor. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

29 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lacombe, Lucien See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was considered rather controversial at the time as it showed a more accurate depiction of the ratio of collaborators to resistance unlike many other French produced films that suggest there were very few collaborators due to the sense of betrayal felt. See more »

Quotes

Lucien Lacombe: I want to join the underground.
Peyssac: What's that got to do with me?
Lucien Lacombe: You're the one who decides. Joseph told me so.
Peyssac: You're too young. And we have enough like you. The underground isn't like poaching. It's like the army.
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Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Sway (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor 'Quasi una fantasia', Op. 27, No. 2, (aka Moonlight Sonata)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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World War II Film
26 October 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This was a great film about a young man, Pierre Blaise,(Lucien Lacombe) who was raised on a farm in France and loved to kill animals, even birds singing in a tree. Lucien loved to catch chickens and kill without the blink of a eye and did the same thing with rabbits. That is basically how this film started out and it also took on many different directions. Lucien gets involved with the German's as they occupied France during WW II and joins the Nazi's as an informer and becomes deeply involved with a Jewish family. France Horn, (Aurore Clement) is a Jewish girl who Lucien falls in love with and her father is Albert Horn who is a tailor by trade and he does not like Lucien because he knows he is a turn coat for the German's who hate the Jews. This is a very interesting and mysterious film and has some very deep secrets that occurred during World War II.


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