Cinéma de Melville: L’armée des ombres (1969)

Hoezo in Kino

Melville has a somewhat hazy WWII history but he was surely involved in the résistance at some point and this experience inspired him to direct this incredibly powerful and haunting Paris set war thriller that ranks among the best of its kind. The performances by Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret as the resistance fighters living with the ice-cold truth that one mistake means certain death are mesmerizing and career highlights for both veteran actors. This film is spoken in French with English subtitles.

Regie: Jean-Pierre Melville

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


Drama, Oorlog

Land: France

Speelduur: 145 minuten

Taal: French

Ondertiteling: English


France, 1942. Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura) is the leader of a French Resistance network. Through his eyes we see the workings of the French Resistance – the day-to-day operations, the intrigue and espionage, the constant threat of being captured by the Germans, the camaraderie, the danger and the tough decisions that need to be taken. Based on the novel by Joseph Kessel, which blends the author’s own experiences as a member of the French Resistance with fiction.