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Army of Shadows

Monday, March 26

Film Suburbs & Beyond

In Nazi-occupied France, imprisoned Resistance fighter Phillippe (Lino Ventura) escapes his captors and rejoins his network in Marseille, which includes a dashing ex-pilot (Jean-Pierre Cassel), a housewife (Simone Signoret), and a philosopher (Paul Meurisse). Adapted from Joseph Kessel’s novel and drawing on Melville’s own experiences in the Resistance, Army of Shadows forgoes action-movie glamour in favor of a gritty study of conviction in the face of futility. Coldly received in France’s post-May 1968 political landscape, the film was not widely seen until its 2006 re-release, when it was hailed as a masterpiece.


(NR) France – 2 hr 25 min – with subtitles
1969 · d. Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel

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Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610.527.9898 phone

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