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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.

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Louis Malle
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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

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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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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

Tonin: [to Dr. Vaugeois] Now, what can you tell us about Commandant Méry?
Faure: A man like you working with terrorists - I don't get it. You want bolshevism in France?
Dr. Vaugeois: I'm a Gaullist.
Faure: De Gaulle's surrounded by Jews and commies. You want names? Does Schumann sound French to you?
Tonin: [to Faure] Save the politics for later.
[to Dr. Vaugeois]
Tonin: Come on, Doctor. Tell us about Commandant Méry? Come on, start talking.
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Minor Swing
Music by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
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or the portrait of a young man, victim of his naivety
19 October 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

When this movie was released in 1974, it created a huge scandal and strong controversies because it was the first movie about the second world war to introduce a collaborator and not a resistant as a main character. Louis Malle was surely affected by these controversies and he decided to escape into the dream and imagination in his next film: the odd and underrated "Black Moon". So the main character here, Lucien Lacombe, is a member of the German police but he didn't choose this situation because he is anti-semitic or he's fond of Nazi thesis. It's simply because he is a victim of his naivety and of his foolishness and he's easy to persuade. Several times in the movie, you are under the impression that he doesn't know what he's doing or saying (for example, when he's drinking champagne with Albert Horn, a Jew tailor and his daughter France). On the other hand, the stroke is responsible of Lucien's entrance in the collaboration: the school teacher doesn't want him to enter the Resistance because he's too young, he had a flat tyre.... Moreover, the action takes place in june 1944 and it's not the right era: it's nearly the end of the war I also noticed that the collaborators were initiating him into several activities (at one moment, one of them is learning him to fire with a browning) without taking care of his opinion. With all these happenings, Lucien's behaviour is changing: he becomes rough, haughty, scornful, takes advantage of his wealthy life and committs a few errors ( Horn is under arrest due to him and he didn't want it to happen). At the end, Pierre Blaise provides a great calibre in his main rôle and thanks to this, the film is strong, powerful and remain one of Malle's best films.

Note: the movie was inspired by a real fact: during the second world war in France, a young collaborator had arrested and killed numerous resistants.


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