Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows

Lino Ventura
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Cast: Lino Ventura
Lino Ventura
, Paul Meurisse
Paul Meurisse
, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Jean-Pierre Melville

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In this war drama set during the French Resistance of WW II, a courageous fighter escapes Gestapo headquarters and returns to Marseille. There he and his group capture a traitor and throttle him. They then try to rescue a Resistance fighter in Lyons. As they do so, the hero is again captured and his partner killed. Again the hero escapes just before he is executed. He then finds that a female partner has been captured. To avoid having her daughter forced to work in a Nazi brothel, the woman has informed upon the othersl she is then released and subsequently killed by another Resistance fighter for revenge. The screenplay is based on Joseph Kessel's novel and became filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville's magnum opus.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2020
UPC: 0715515244015
Original Release: 1969
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 2:25:00
Sales rank: 11,483

Special Features

High-definition digital restoration, supervised by Director of Photography Pierre Lhomme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Alternate 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2006 featuring film scholar Ginette Vincendeau; Interviews from 2007 with Lhomme and Editor Françoise Bonnor; On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with Director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, author Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters; Jean-Pierre Melville et "L'armée des ombres" (2005), a short program on the Director and his film; Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of the German occupation of France; Restoration demonstration by Lhomme; Trailers; Plus: Essays by critic Amy Taubin and historian Robert O. Paxton, as well as excerpts from Rui Nogueira's Melville on Melville

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lino Ventura Gerbier
Paul Meurisse Luc
Jean-Pierre Cassel Jean-Francois
Simone Signoret Mathilde
Serge Reggiani Barber
Claude Mann Le Masque
Christian Barbier Le Bison
Alain Libolt Dounat
Paul Crauchet Felix
Alain Mottet Commander of the camp
Jean-Marie Robain Baron de Ferte-Talloire
Albert Michel Gendarm
Georges Sellier Colonel Jarret
Marco Perrin Octave Bonnafous
Hubert DeLapparent Aubert
Jeanne Perez Actor
Alain Dekock Legrain

Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Melville Director,Screenwriter
Colette Baudot Costumes/Costume Designer
Françoise Bonnot Editor
Jacques Carrere Sound/Sound Designer
Eric De Marsan Score Composer
Jacques Dorfmann Producer
Pierre Lhomme Cinematographer
Théo Meurisse Art Director,Production Designer

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