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Army of Shadow

Army of Shadow

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Melville

Produced by Les Films Corona

Release in France : 12/09/1969

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Les Films Corona

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Foreign production company :

Fono Roma

French distribution :

Valoria Films

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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".

Source : IMDb


Critical reception

When it was originally released in France in 1969, the movie, coming shortly after the events of May 68, had a poor critical reception because of the political context: De Gaulle was rather unappreciated at the time, and the glorification of the resistance had become taboo during the Algerian War. As a result of the poor reviews, the film was not distributed widely outside France, though it was very well received in the late seventies on its British release. American audiences were only able to discover the movie in 2006 when it was reissued, after which the film appeared in many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2006.

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Full credits (16)

Assistant directors :

Jean-François Adam, Georges Pellegrin, Jean-Claude Ventura

Producer :

Jacques Dorfmann

Directors of Photography :

Pierre Lhomme, Walter Wottitz

Sound Assistant :

Victor Revelli

Camera Operator :

Philippe Brun

Editors :

Françoise Bonnot, Jean Nény

Production Designer :

Théobald Meurisse

Sound Mixer :

Alex Pront

Author of original work :

Joseph Kessel

Screenwriter :

Jean-Pierre Melville

Sound recordists :

Éric Demarsan, Jacques Carrère

Assistant Operators :

Jacques Renard, Pierre Li

Production managers :

Alain Queffelean, Jean-Pierre Spiri-mercanton

Continuity supervisor :

Betty Elvira

Costume designer :

Colette Baudot

Still Photographer :

Raymond Voinquel

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Feature film

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Majority French (France)

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2 h 15 min

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