Clandestine (1946)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Resistance Film, War Drama, War Romance  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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French "underground" films were as common as the measles in 1946. Among the better efforts was Les Clandestins, directed with realism and conviction by Andre Chotin. A romantic subplot involving two resistance fighters can be forgotten; the film's strong suit is its vivid recreations of the horrors and deprivations suffered by the French under Nazi domination. Particularly heart-wrenching is the ordeal of a philosophical Jewish doctor, played by Samson Fainsilber. Commendably, the Nazis are not depicted as caricatures; their matter-of-fact behavior while committing the most heinous of atrocities is far more frightening because of its "normalcy".

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war, love, Nazism, occupation [military], resistance, serial-killer