Keswick Film Club - Army Of Shadows

Sunday 15th October 5:00 PM

Army Of Shadows 

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Country: France/Italy
Cert: 12A Year: 1969 Length: 145 mins

Audience Reaction

Score: 82.09% Attendance: 86


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From the wartime novel by Joseph Kessel, Jean Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows traces the harrowing feats of a small band of Resistance fighters operating during the German occupation of France in World War II. Avoiding acts of spectacular heroism, Melville presents a twilight world, where the clandestine freedom-fighters seek to avoid capture and are forced to eliminate informants from their own ranks.

When L'Armée des ombres was originally released, a French critic wrote that "this Resistance epic was, in the end, a sublime thriller". We see Melville handle the suspenseful set-pieces with his usual consummate cinematic mastery, so the film finally resembles one of the director's own gangster pictures.


open_quote Worthy of that overused superlative 'masterpiece' close_quote THE NEW YORK TIMES

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