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Weapons of the Spirit (1987)

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Pierre Sauvage was born in a small village in France in 1944, among what would become as many as 5000 Jews who were helped by the collective efforts of the town, hidden from occupying Nazis... See full summary »

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Pierre Sauvage

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Pierre Sauvage
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Pierre Sauvage Pierre Sauvage ... Presenter
Henri Héritier Henri Héritier ... Himself
Emma Héritier Emma Héritier ... Herself
Charles Gibert Charles Gibert ... Himself
Joseph Atlas Joseph Atlas ... Himself
Hilde Hillebrand Hilde Hillebrand ... Herself
Édouard Theis Édouard Theis ... Himself
Magda Trocmé Magda Trocmé ... Herself
Nelly Trocmé Hewett Nelly Trocmé Hewett ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adolphe Caritey Adolphe Caritey ... Himself
Roger Darcissac Roger Darcissac ... Himself
Georges Lamirand Georges Lamirand ... Himself - Vichy Youth Minister
Émile Sèches Émile Sèches ... Himself
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Pierre Sauvage was born in a small village in France in 1944, among what would become as many as 5000 Jews who were helped by the collective efforts of the town, hidden from occupying Nazis by the kindly residents. This is a documentary by Sauvage that explores the supernatural good will by the people in the village. Archival footage and interviews with surviving villagers illustrate their attitude toward their God, their obedience and the actions that saved the lives of thousands of people.

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oradour | based on novel | See All (2) »

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The Astonishing Story of a Unique Conspiracy of Goodness.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les armes de l'esprit See more »

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Mono
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The University of Minnesota Film and Video catalog lists a long version at 117 minutes and a short version at 35 minutes. See more »

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Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed
7 July 1999 | by ryangilmer007See all my reviews

I saw this documentary while in a summer institute on Philanthropy and Volunteer Survice. While the film is a good work on its own, further study into Le Chambon, particularly by reading the writing account of WWII Chamboneisse. Philip Hallie's, 1970's book, Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed is a great counterpoint in the study of The Plague that swept accross Europe in WWII, but somehow stayed out of Le Chambon. Other points of note, Camus wrote The Plague while staying in Le Chambon during this time and the book and this documentary provide a great moral debate and delemma. I recommend the version of this movie with a director interview.


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