Melville's most personal film, rooted in his wartime experiences in the French Resistance, Army Of Shadows is a hard, tense drama, depicting man's capacity for both bravery and evil. In the winter of 1942-1943, as France exist s under German occupation, an underground cell operates in the shadows. In the clandestine world of the Resistance, the freedom fighters work against their enemies under the constant risk of betrayal, ordinary men and women in an extraordinary situation. Suffused throughout with a mood of foreboding, the suspense, heightened with directorial mastery, reaches its peak as the Resistance attempt to free a prisoner from the Gestapo headquarters, in one of Melville's trademark set-pieces of iconic action.
Accuracy and menace
- Army of Shadows review by GS
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I watched this film, and was gripped by the cold way the characters were. Both the occupying enemy and the patriots........I felt during it, that it must be exactly how people are during occupation of one's country. Ruthlessness, on both sides. Prime acting, scenery, mood.
Made a few years back when real events were still in memories. One of the best films I have ever seen.