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The Sorrow and the Pity

The Sorrow and the Pity

A Feature film by Marcel Ophüls

Release in France : 05/04/1971

    Synopsis

    From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière, one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms.

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gaumont

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    Full credits (6)

    Executive Producers :

    André Harris, Alain de Sedouy

    Screenwriter :

    Marcel Ophüls

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Migy

    Assistant Director :

    Claude Vajda

    Directors of Photography :

    André Gazut, Jürgen Thieme

    Editor :

    Claude Vajda

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Themes :

    War

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Switzerland, Germany

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Switzerland, Germany)

    Production year :

    1971

    French release :

    05/04/1971

    Runtime :

    4 h 11 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    38336

    Visa issue date :

    20/03/1971

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    16mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (4)

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    Festival Selections

    Academy Awards - 1972

    Academy Awards (United States, 1972)

    Selection

    Nomination for Best Documentary