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Army of Shadows

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

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.

Shown in conjunction with the film course Dark Streets, Dark Lives: The Cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville, this screening will be introduced by the course’s instructor, Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D. 


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Monday, March 267:15pm 2018-03-26 19:15:00 2018-03-26 21:40:00 America/New_York Army of Shadows http://brynmawrfilm.org/films/?id=2278 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA