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A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by Galatée Films, KG Productions, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Reggane Films

Release in France : 23/04/1975

    Synopsis

    In France during the German occupation, a young German naval officer is killed in Paris by a group of leftist activists. The compliant Vichy government seeks to appease the Germans by locating the perpetrators and agreeing to the execution of six people, and a special section is set up for this purpose. The section consists of judges who are too ambitious, cowardly or inhuman to refuse such work. The flames of totalitarianism must be stoked, even with innocent blood, and it is especially convenient to the government if the accused are thoroughly expendable in their eyes.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (62)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Foreign production companies :

    Janus Film Und Fersehen, Goriz Films

    French distribution :

    Les Productions Artistes Associés

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    About

    Costa-Gavras' film stirred some controversy as it told a story of Vichy France, which made some critics feel the piece was one sided about collaboration. Costa-Gavras aimed for the truth and he felt this film got this.[citation needed] Despite the debate, it opened to positive reviews in France and the U.S.

    Full credits (23)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Perrin

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jorge Semprun

    Producer :

    Michèle Ray Gavras

    Line Producer :

    Gérard Crosnier

    Foreign Producer :

    Giorgio Silvagni

    Sound Recordist :

    Harald Maury

    Camera Operator :

    Jean Harnois

    Editor :

    Françoise Bonnot

    Continuity supervisors :

    Sylvette Baudrot, Dominique Piat

    Music Composer :

    Éric Demarsan

    Costume designer :

    Hélène Nourry

    Still Photographer :

    Vincent Rossell

    Assistant directors :

    Denys Granier-Deferre, Jean-Michel Lacor

    Author of original work :

    Henri Villeré

    Associate Producer :

    Claude Heymann

    Screenwriters :

    Costa Gavras, Jorge Semprun

    Director of Photography :

    Andréas Winding

    Sound Assistant :

    Jean Fontaine

    Production managers :

    Bernard Bouix, Gérard Crosnier

    Sound editor :

    Françoise London

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Foley artist :

    Daniel Couteau

    Sound Mixer :

    Jacques Maumont

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Historical, Thriller

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy, Germany

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy, Germany)

    Production year :

    1975

    French release :

    23/04/1975

    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    43219

    Visa issue date :

    14/04/1975

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.33

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1975

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1975)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Awards

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1975

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1975)

    Awards

    Best Direction Award