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Reunion (1946)

Le retour (original title)
Live footage from concentration camps after the liberation, and the complex transport and lodging of masses of prisoners of war and other deported people back to their home countries, at the end of World War II.

Directors:

Richard Banks (as Lieutenant Richard Banks), Henri Cartier-Bresson | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Lewis Levitt (English language narration)

Star:

Claude Roy
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Live footage from concentration camps after the liberation, and the complex transport and lodging of masses of prisoners of war and other deported people back to their home countries, at the end of World War II.

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Three credits are followed by the names of the prisoner camps where those crew members had been prisoners of war: Henri Cartier-Bresson (Stalag VC), Claude Roy (Stalag Etain), and Robert Lannoy (Stalag XIII). See more »

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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Liberation and repatriation of concentration camp survivors
14 May 2003 | by lcooper2See all my reviews

This documentary is in French without English subtitles, but none are really necessary, the images are powerful and speak for themselves. This is a poignant film showing the closing days of World War II. The film starts off showing the Allied armed forces taking German soldiers prisoner without much of a fight, then coming upon concentration camps.

This film is different than most in this genre in that you don't see dead people or gas chambers - this may be due to the fact that the people liberated were in concentration camps, but not the full-blown death camps. Some of the people are so healthy that they attack their former tormentors who act very passive now that the shoe is on the other foot (there are armed American G.I.'s shown observing the scene).

Some of the people saved from the camps are the living skeletons we are used to seeing: some can walk with someone supporting them, others have to be helped into a truck because they don't have enough muscle left to walk. It is surprising though, how many appear quite healthy and seemingly need just a spritz of de-lousing spray from the G.I.'s.

The film shows a mass exodus of refugees returning to their home countries, and the ending shows concentration camp survivors on a train pulling into a French railroad station and being met by (it appears) friends and relatives who either survived the camps and arrived earlier, or evaded the Nazis the entire war.

The film that most resembles this documentary is "The Truce", starring John Turturro. Turturro plays an Italian Jew who survives a concentration camp in good condition, but he has to endure a lengthy odyssey to get back to Italy once the camp he is in is liberated by the Russians.


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USA | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

June 1946 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Reunion See more »

Filming Locations:

Dachau, Germany See more »

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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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