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Betrayal. Loyalty. Collaboration. Resistance.

“Bad memories, welcome… you are my long lost youth.”

Introduced by David Stratton
Author, film critic, festival director and programmer, television presenter, lecturer in the history of film, Continuing Education Centre, University of Sydney.

Often seen as a transposition of Melville’s beloved gangster genre to the underworld of the Resistance in wartime France, this unbearably moving reverie faithfully adapts Joseph Kessel’s seminal novel to the screen. The film’s dream-like, almost clandestine sense of geography, place and period is matched to the soulful, autumnal mood created by cinematographer Pierre Lhomme. Perhaps the greatest cinematic testament to the lived experience of the French Resistance. Featuring beautifully modulated performances by Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse and Simone Signoret.

Synopsis by Adrian Danks.

Rating

M

Duration

145

Cast

Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Director

Jean-Pierre Melville

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