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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Lino Ventura
Paul Meurisse
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Simone Signoret
Directors
Jean-Pierre Melville
Screenwriters
Jean-Pierre Melville
Running Time
145 minutes

Army In The Shadows
Brilliantly restrained portrait of life in the French Resistance from the master Jean-Pierre Melville.


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Army In The Shadows

Plot
1942, and France is occupied by the Nazi army. Philippe Gerbier (Ventura) is to all outward appearances, a civil engineer. He has a double life with the French Resistance. Betrayed by a traitor, he is imprisoned, and sets about firstly escaping, then exacting his revenge.


Verdict
Thanks to the steely performances and meticulous direction, this determinedly anti-heroic account of the early days of French resistance to the Nazi Occupation is both disarmingly restrained and terrifyingly tense.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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