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L'oeil de Vichy (1993)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 10 March 1993 (France)
This movie is only made of archive pictures: the official newsreels that were broadcasted on French movie screens during 1940 and 1944 (the Occupation). Those newsreels were controlled by ... See full summary »

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Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Bouquet ... Narrator / Récitant (voice)
Brian Cox ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maquisard Alfonso Maquisard Alfonso ... Himself (archive footage)
General Bergeret General Bergeret ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Bichelonne Jean Bichelonne ... Himself (archive footage)
Maquisard Boczov Maquisard Boczov ... Himself (archive footage)
Pierre Boisson Pierre Boisson ... Himself (archive footage)
Abel Bonnard Abel Bonnard ... Himself (archive footage)
René Bousquet René Bousquet ... Himself (archive footage)
Amédée Bussière Amédée Bussière ... Himself (archive footage)
Préfet Carle Préfet Carle ... Himself (archive footage)
Procureur Cassaigneau Procureur Cassaigneau ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcel Cerdan ... Himself (archive footage)
François Darlan François Darlan ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Darnand Joseph Darnand ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

This movie is only made of archive pictures: the official newsreels that were broadcasted on French movie screens during 1940 and 1944 (the Occupation). Those newsreels were controlled by the government of Vichy, which collaborated with the Nazis, so most of them are propaganda. Their purpose is to show what the disinformation was then, and perhaps more generally to evoke the problem of the power of the mass media. Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Documentary | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

10 March 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eyes of Vichy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono
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The acquittal of French militiaman Paul Touvier when tried by a French court in 1992 for crimes against humanity prompted director Claude Chabrol to make his personal condemnation of the Vichy regime, L'oeil de Vichy (1993). See more »

Connections

Features Nimbus libéré (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

La Chanson du Maçon
Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by Maurice Chevalier and Maurice Vandair
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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An interesting movie for French history buffs
24 May 2009 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

As one poster has already commented, this is a movie designed for those who already know what happened in France in World War II - a French audience, in other words. If you have that knowledge, it is indeed fascinating to see how the Vichy government used newsreels to shape French thought - a classic example of Big Brother in action. Watching this movie also requires that you put yourself back in the era to an extent, to realize the impact these newsreels would have had. Today, we get our news from endless different sources. In World War II, there were newspapers, radio, and what was shown at the local movie house. Since the government could control all three of those, it did. (Yes, there was also short wave radio, which was how the French got news from England.) What I would have liked at the end is a few sentences telling us what became of each of the big figures in the newsreels: Pétain, Doriot, etc.


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