The inspired true-life story of Violette Szabo, one of the bravest women of World War II. Virginia McKenna and Paul Schofield star in this moving and dramatic story of Violette Szabo - who volunteered to be parachuted into France as a secret agent to re-organise a shattered Resistance group. Her mission successful, she joins the Resistance, harrying German reinforcements for the Normandy front where she stays until captured by the Germans and handed over to the Gestapo. A cruel and prolonged interrogation fails to make her betray her comrades, and is consequently deported to Germany. In the horror and squalor! of Ravensbruck concentration camp, Violette's spirit remains unbroken, even though she learns that she is to be executed by an SS firing squad for espionage. A moving story about the strength of the human spirit in the most adverse circumstances.
Special ops with a difference.
- Carve Her Name with Pride review by Steve Mason
The Special Operations film, and the design, organisation and execution of a dangerous, covert enterprise in a foreign country under occupation was one of the most robust and rewarding subgenres of the 1950s war film. There was usually a great deal of genre conformity in these films, from the tough sergeant major, the explosives boffin, the repressed emotions of the final briefing through to their brave death or unlikely escape. Carve Her Name with Pride is distinctive because it about the training and operation of a woman, Violette Szabo who worked with the resistance in France and was executed at Ravensbrück concentration camp 1945. It is a dignified and charismatic portrayal by Virginia McKenna and a worthy tribute. The ending when she is executed with Denise Bloch and Lilian Rolfe is powerful and deeply moving.
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