Army of Shadows
- Original title
L'armée des ombres
- Running time
- 139 min.
Jean-Pierre Melville (Novel: Joseph Kessel)
Drama | II World War
- Synopsis / Plot
- Army of Shadows is an intimate epic of the French Resistance in WWII. France, 1942, during the occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is one of the French Resistance's chiefs. Given away by a traitor, he is interned in a camp. He manages to escape, and joins his network at Marseilles, where he makes the traitor be executed... This non-spectacular movie (do not expect any Rambo or Robin Hood) shows us rigorously and austerely the everyday of the French Resistants : their solitude, their fears, their relationships, the arrests, the forwarding of orders and their carrying out... Both writer Joseph Kessel and co-writer and director Jean-Pierre Melville belonged to this "Army in the Shadows".
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Special Citation
- Critics' reviews
"This restored 35mm print, now in art theaters around the country [year 2006], may be 37 years old, but it is the best foreign film of the year. (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of four)."
Roger Ebert: Chicago Sun-Times
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