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Special Section (1975)

Section spéciale (original title)
In occupied France during the WWII, a German officer is murdered. The collaborationist Vichy government decides to pin the murder on six petty criminals. Loyal judges are called in to convict them as quickly as possible.

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Costa-Gavras
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Seigner ... Joseph Barthélemy - le garde des Sceaux
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Georges Dayras, le secrétaire général du ministère de la Justice
Michael Lonsdale ... Pierre Pucheu, le ministre de l'Intérieur (as Michel Lonsdale)
Ivo Garrani ... L'amiral François Darlan, vice-président du Conseil
François Maistre François Maistre ... Marquis Fernand de Brinon, - le délégué général de Vichy
Jacques Spiesser ... Pierre Georges, dit Frédo
Henri Serre ... Le préfet Ingrand, délégué du ministère de l'Intérieur en zone occupée
Heinz Bennent ... Le major Beumelburg
Hans Richter ... Le général Otto von Stülpnagel, le gouverneur militaire de Paris
Pierre Dux ... Raoul Cavarroc, le procureur général
Jacques François ... Maurice Gabolde, le procureur de l'État français
Claudio Gora ... Francis Villette, le premier président de la cour d'appel
Michel Galabru ... Le président Cournet
Claude Piéplu ... Michel Benon, le président de la Section spéciale
Hubert Gignoux Hubert Gignoux ... Maurice Cottin, le juge en 'noir'
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In occupied France during the WWII, a German officer is murdered. The collaborationist Vichy government decides to pin the murder on six petty criminals. Loyal judges are called in to convict them as quickly as possible.

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A Court of Reason or a Court of Treason! See more »

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Referenced in The Tough Ones (1976) See more »

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Very interesting from a Law point of view.
28 April 2020 | by LucasHC_See all my reviews

I say it is interesting because it shows how the law is not a science immune to abuse and ideologies, used to commit injustices.

After the advent of the French Revolution, and many subsequent events, legal science and contractual relations became the great tenets of modern society, but the powerful of this Earth always found a way to pervert things, and with the science of law it was not different.

From the point of view of legal principles it's painful, but what relieves conscience are the negatives of the great jurists, leaving only a few pessimists who thought that Nazi Germany would be the new world order after the Second War. They went bad, they got dirty in the story.

We must never give in to evil, even if it imposes itself as a new and "saving" order of the motherland.


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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

23 April 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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