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L'Armee des ombres (Army in the Shadows) (Army of Shadows) [DVD] [1969]

4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Mann
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled, Colour
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,507 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Released on DVD in a newly restored print, following its theatrical release by the BFI earlier this year, Jean-Pierre Melville's gripping adaptation of Joseph Kessel's seminal wartime novel has been praised as one of the greatest and the most authentic film portrayals of the French Résistance.

A personal project for over 25 years and drawing on his own experience of fighting for the Résistance, the film shares the existential themes of his gangster epics Le Samouraï and Le Cercle rouge and shows Melville's mastery of suspense.

Set between the Autumn of 1942 and February 1943, the film follows the story of a band of Résistance fighters living under German-controlled France. As the war continues, the grip of the occupying force tightens and friendships, trust and loyalty give way to secrecy, suspicion and loss.

A tribute to the heroic activities of the everyday members of the Résistance, L'Armée des ombres is a tense, atmospheric tour de force featuring powerful performances from Simone Signoret, Lino Ventura and Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a striking cameo from Serge Reggiani.

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