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Author: Jacques DorfmannJean-Pierre MelvilleLino VenturaPaul MeurisseJean-Pierre CasselAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2007.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 385.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : FrenchView all editions and formats
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L'Armee des Ombres is a stark and unvarnished story about Resistance fighters in Vichy France in 1942-43 when the French leadership allowed the Nazis to occupy the country. The members of this army are cold, hungry, desperate men and women, with false names and no addresses, who can be betrayed in an instant by a traitor or an accident. They know they will probably die. A meditation on the nature of resistance and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Foreign films
Motion pictures, French
Feature films
War films
War
Film adaptations
Drama
Films
Named Person: Joseph Kessel
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Dorfmann; Jean-Pierre Melville; Lino Ventura; Paul Meurisse; Jean-Pierre Cassel; Simone Signoret; Claude Mann; Paul Crauchet; Christian Barbier; Serge Reggiani; Pierre L'Homme; Françoise Bonnot; Eric Demarsan; Joseph Kessel; Janus Films.; Rialto Pictures LLC.; Studio Canal.; Films Corona.; Centre national de la cinématographie (France). Service des archives du film.; Fono Roma (Firm); Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 1934121487 9781934121481
OCLC Number: 123377990
Language Note: In French with optional subtitles in English.
Notes: D'apres le livre de [After the novel by] Joseph Kessell.
Originally released as a French motion picture in 1969.
Booklet contains the essays "Out of the shadows" by Amy Taubin, "Melville's French Resistance" by Robert O. Paxton, and "Melville on Melville: 'Army of Shadows'" interview [with Jean-Pierre Melville] by Rui Nogueria.
Credits: Directeur de la photographie, Pierre Lhomme ; montage [editor], Françoise Bonnot ; musique, Eric De Marsan ; decors, Théobald Meurisse ; conseiller aux dialogues ét́rangers, Howard Vernon.
Cast: Lino Ventura (Philippe Gerbier), Paul Meurisse (Luc Jardie), Jean-Pierre Cassel (Jean-François Jardie), Simone Signoret (Mathilde), Claude Mann (Claude 'Le Masque'), Paul Crauchet (Félix), Christian Barbier ('Le Bison'), Serge Reggiani, André Dewavrin, Alain Dekok, Alain Mottet, Alain Libolt, Jean-Marie Robain, Albert Michel, Denis Sadier, Georges Sellier, Marco Perrin, Hubert de Lapparent, Colin Mann, Anthony Stuart, Michel Fretault.
Description: 2 videodiscs (145 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (41 p. : col., ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; 1.0 Dolby Digital mono., 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1; enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new high-definition digital transfer.
Contents: Disc one the film Opening --
Gerbier --
Internment --
Comrade --
Gestapo --
Hôtel Majestic --
Quick shave --
Job in Marseilles --
Traitor --
Jean-François --
Talent agency in Lyon --
Special delivery --
Saint Luc and Little Jean --
Midnight passage --
London --
News of Félix --
Parachute drop --
Disguises and hideouts --
Rescue preparations --
Denounced --
Transport for Félix --
"You better lie low" --
Certain death --
Isolation --
News of Mathilde --
"Nothing's sacred anymore" --
Color bars (145 min.) (1969); Commentary [optional audio feature]; Trailers (5 min.). Disc two the supplements: Jean-Pierre Melville, cinéaste [featurette] (5 min.) (1968) --
Revisiting a masterpiece : Pierre Lhomme and "Army of Shadows" [featurette] (14 min.) (2007) --
Restoration footage (7 min.) --
Françoise Bonnot : Editing with Melville [featurette] (11 min.) (2007) --
L'invité du dimanche: Jean-Pierre Melville [featurette, b&w] (30 min.) (1969) --
Jean-Pierre Melville et "L'armée des ombres" (30 min.) (2002) --
Le journal de la Résistance [featurette, b&w] (34 min.) (1944) --
Simone Signoret and Lucie Aubrac [featurette, col.] (6 min.) (1984) --
Ouvrez les guillemets [featurette, b&w] (24 min.) (1973).
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 385.
Other Titles: Army of shadows
Army of Shadows a Jean-Pierre Melville film
Responsibility: Janus Films ; Rialto Pictures ; une restauration ; Studio Canal ; Archives françaises du film ; CNC ; Les Films Corona présentent ; produit par Jacques Dorfmann ; adaptation et réalisation de [adapted and directed by] Jean-Pierre Melville ; co-production Franco-Italienne Films Corona (Paris), Fono Roma (Rome).

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L'Armee des Ombres is a stark and unvarnished story about Resistance fighters in Vichy France in 1942-43 when the French leadership allowed the Nazis to occupy the country. The members of this army are cold, hungry, desperate men and women, with false names and no addresses, who can be betrayed in an instant by a traitor or an accident. They know they will probably die. A meditation on the nature of resistance and the price of courage, these heroes can save their own country only by cutting themselves apart from it. Entangled in the political turmoil engulfing France in the wake of May '68--as a result received poorly there--the film was not distributed in the US until 2006.

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