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Jean-Pierre Melville

The Army of Shadows

L’Armée des ombres

A faithful adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s celebrated novel about the French Resistance.

Image from The Army of Shadows

France-Italy 1969
Dir Jean-Pierre Melville
With Lino Ventura. Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel
144min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

A faithful adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s celebrated novel about the French Resistance, this is also Melville’s most profoundly personal film. Though its tale of trust, suspicion and betrayal calls to mind his great crime classics, the film is more rooted in factual research and private reminiscence; accordingly, it’s all the more affecting as it deals with agonising dilemmas, troubled soul-searching and tragic sacrifice.

The screening on Saturday 16 September 15:00 will feature a Q&A with Laurent Grousset (nephew of Melville).


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