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Thou Shalt Not Kill

Thou Shalt Not Kill

A Feature film by Claude Autant-Lara

Produced by Columbia France

Release in France : 05/06/1963

    Synopsis

    An Italian/French/Yugoslavian/Liechtensteinian coproduction (whew!), Thou Shalt Not Kill features Laurent Terzieff as a French conscientious objector. Interwoven with his story is the saga of a German priest (Horst Frank) who faces stiff punishment for killing a Frenchman during the Second World War. Director Claude Autant-Lara characteristically uses these twin plotlines as a platform to espouse his Leftist political beliefs and to heartily condemn the Catholic church. As a result, the fact-based Thou Shalt Not Kill (originally Tu Nes Tuera Point) caused quite a stir upon its first release. Many of its sentiments became more palatable in the late 1960s, though even at that time critics carped at Autant-Lara's cut-and-dried directorial techniques.

    Source : allmovie.com

    Actors (3)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Columbia France

    French distribution :

    Columbia France

    Foreign production companies :

    Lovcen Films, Gold Film Anstalt

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    About

    Point of view

    France, early sixties : the Algerian war is coming to an end but not before 1962. Pacifist Louis Lecoin is on a hunger strike in order to get the status of conscientious objector for all men who refuse to go to war. The general de Gaulle will finally agree, but only when the war is over.

    A voice rises : it does not come from the ranks of the nouvelle vague, no ,it's an "old" director, Claude Autant-Lara, whose mother had been an active pacifist during WW1 (an actress, she was fired from the Comédie Française for her ideas). Laurent Terzieff plays the part of a young man who refuses to be drafted because of his religious beliefs. He is abetted by his mother (a wonderful Suzanne Flon).

    This might be the most difficult French movie to find and see. Never broadcast on TV, it seems to scare everybody.

    "These academic old hat directors gotta get away", the New Wave was ceaselessly yelling. Not one among them had the guts to tackle such a responsible hard subject.

    Source : IMDb

    Full credits (8)

    Producer :

    Moris Ergas

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Natteau

    Editors :

    Inès Collignon, Madeleine Gug

    Music Composers :

    Charles Aznavour, Bernard Dimey

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost

    Production Manager :

    Yves Laplanche

    Art Director :

    Jacques Douy

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Justice, War, Freedom

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Yugoslavia, Lichtenstein, Italy

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Yugoslavia, Lichtenstein, Italy)

    Production year :

    1961

    French release :

    05/06/1963

    Runtime :

    2 h 3 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    27673

    Visa issue date :

    31/05/1963

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    2.35

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (2)

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1988

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1988)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1961

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1961)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Awards (2)

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1961

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1961)

    Awards

    Coppa Volpi for Best Actress : Suzanne Flon