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Army of Shadows
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Directed By
Jean-Pierre Melville

Written By:
Jean-Pierre Melville

Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Claude Mann, Paul Crauchet, Serge Reggiani, Alain Libolt, Christian Barbier, André Dewavrin, Alain Dekok, Alain Mottet, Jean-Marie Robain, Albert Michel, Denis Sadier

Army of Shadows (1969)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
September 26th, 2009

Favorite Movie Quote: "She said five minutes, but she'll wait a lifetime."

This is a film about real heroes. Not the flashy Rambo kind, but ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things in a time when France had already surrendered to the Germans. They only numbered a few hundred at most, and they walked in the shadows around France knowing that they would certainly die before it was over. Yet, they moved on and did what they had to without complaint or regret.

You won't see bombs blazing and blood and gore. What you will see is real people who agonize over every death that they are forced to carry out. People who knew that every corner held danger and that they could be betrayed at any time.

These are real heroes and this film portrays them as they were in a somber, intelligent, and dark fashion. The film was made and released in 1969, yet it's awards are in 2006 and 2007, when it was restored and finally presented in this country.

As the films of Jean-Pierre Melville are made available, we are able to share in seeing one of the truly great directors in the world. The pleasure is immeasurable.

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