Army of Shadows (1969)

Genres - Action, Adventure, War, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Resistance Film, War Drama  |   Release Date - Jun 19, 1970 (USA), Apr 28, 2006 (USA - Limited), Aug 28, 2015 (USA - Limited Rerelease)  |   Run Time - 140 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jack Rodgers

WWII tale of heroic French Resistance fighters battling the occupying Nazi forces. Vignettes include an escape from Gestapo headquarters, the execution of a traitor and the attempted rescue of a tortured comrade. Critically ignored in France when it first opened in 1969, the film was later rediscovered and hailed as a lost masterpiece, finally receiving a U.S. release in 2006. Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Claude Mann, and Christian Barbier co-star. Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, who served in the French Resistance himself before becoming a filmmaker.




capture, escape, resistance-fighters, Nazism, prostitute/prostitution, war, France, Gestapo, arrest, firing-squad, informer, occupation [military], rescue


High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance