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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


    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

    Actors (29)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Corona

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Foreign production company :

    Fono Roma

    French distribution :

    Valoria Films

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    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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    France (80.0%), Italy (20.0%)

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    Majority French (France, Italy)

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    2 h 15 min

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