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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 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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R | See all certifications »

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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

France Horn: [Crying] I can't stand it anymore. I'm tired of being a Jew.
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Manoir de mes rêves
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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