Un Ami Viendra Ce Soir (1945)

Genres - Action, Drama, Spy Film, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Resistance Film, War Drama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Returning to films after a six-year absence, French director Raymond Bernard called the shots on Un Ami Viendra Ce Soir (A Friend Will Come Tonight). Michel Simon heads the cast of this pulse-pounding WWII resistance film, set surprisingly in an insane asylum. In truth, the establishment is but a front for anti-Nazi underground activities; after all, who would suspect a group of lunatics? Some of the scenes in which the French patriots feign insanity to throw the Nazis off the track may seem a bit ludicrous to American viewers, but director Bernard makes up for these off-kilter moments with a thrilling finale. Un Ami Viendra Ce Soir works on a pure-entertainment level, but it isn't nearly as good as La Bataille du Rails, Rene Clement's definitive French Underground drama.

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self-sacrifice, agent [representative], asylum [mental hospital], brutality, conflict, craziness, escape, espionage, France, hidden, hideout, inmate, interrogator, leader, mental-institution, Nazism, patient [medical], philosophy, sacrifice, search, underground [counterculture], war