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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Blaise ... Lucien
Aurore Clément ... France
Holger Löwenadler ... Albert Horn
Therese Giehse ... La grand-mère
Stéphane Bouy Stéphane Bouy ... Jean-Bernard
Loumi Iacobesco ... Betty Beaulieu
René Bouloc ... Faure
Pierre Decazes Pierre Decazes ... Aubert
Jean Rougerie ... Tonin
Cécile Ricard Cécile Ricard ... Marie
Jacqueline Staup Jacqueline Staup ... Melle Chauvelot
Ave Ninchi ... Mme Georges
Pierre Saintons Pierre Saintons ... Hippolyte
Gilberte Rivet ... Mére de Lucien
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Propiétaire
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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

There is no proof that there was Black men in the French milice during WW2. See more »

Quotes

Albert Horn, the tailor: Sad music, isn't it? It's as if my whole life's been lived in time to that music.
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Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Lentement Madamoiselle
Music by Django Reinhardt
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The Banality of Evil
22 August 1998 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

Hannah Arendt's famous phrase sounds custom-made for this film. Young Lucien wants to join the French Resistance, but he's too immature. No problem, the Gestapo's hiring, and it can get so boring during wartime in a small, provincial town.

This film shocked France with its taboo subject of collaboration. They say that anyone can become a torturer. That is where this film's power lies -- Louis Malle lets us confront our heart of darkness. Devastating and unforgettable.


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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

29 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,228
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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