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on 28 December 2014
I discovered this as it was one of the primary sources for Julian Jackson's 'France: The Dark Years in 1940-1944', a book I highly recommend if this is a period of history that interests you. Also recommended is Alan Massie's 'A Question of Loyalties' - which explores the complex moral choices forced on very ordinary people finding themselves in the invidious situation which was occupied France in WW2.

However, back to The Sorrow and the Pity! This is a stunning piece of documentary work which challenges our perceptions of the role the French played in WW2. I'm not at all surprised it took so many years to get a showing in France, I live in the heart of what would have been 'resistance territory' - Vichy France, and even now, for many it would make pretty unpalatable viewing.

This is quite a viewing commitment, and requires your full concentration as it's subtitled, but it's a commitment well,worth making.
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on 28 June 2017
Great Blu-ray, and a great, and I do mean great, film, unique, made me think as no other documentary film, or documentary has. Set during the occupation of France, but could cover any countries occupation.
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on 11 January 2010
Stunning, illuminating and completely compelling documentary of WW2 France. Repeated viewings do not detract from the impact made by the retrospective accounts gleaned from often very ordinary people who found themselves in totally extraordinary situations. From the modest, matter of fact but 'hard as nails' farm labourers who fought with the Resistance to the landed gentry and castle owner who elected to serve not with the Resistance but astonishingly as a founder member of the SS French Division. This seminal film brilliantly captures a polarised French society in the late 1960's struggling to come to terms with it's recent history, its courage and strengths but also with the deceipts, acquiescence, and frailties of many of its citizens. I do not find that the subtitles detract from this moving experience. Simply, my favourite film of all time and I will continue to watch it again and again.
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on 12 May 2015
I saw this may years ago when it was shown on British tv (I later saw it in France when it was eventually shown there). It is not quite as I remembered it but then memory can let you down. Good to see the interviews by Andre Harris with whom I worked back in the 80's in France. A very even-handed approach to the problem of collaboration and one wonders how many other of the occupied countries would have dared to make a similar programme. One small gripe about the DVD is that I could not get the subtitles to work. Fortunately my French is good enough to understand 95% of the commentary/dialogue but a non-French speaker would be unable to follow it.
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on 15 January 2018
A key work for all seeking honesty about tragic events during the WW2 occupation of France
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on 28 September 2016
Fast service. Excellent film documentary, as it is a balanced history.
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on 15 January 2013
This is a DVD every person should view. Ask yourself when you view it "what would I have done?"
The DVD is about France under occupation in the Second World War, It has a relevance now because it has been reflected in many other countries where there has been oppression. Do you react by cowardice or do you stand up to it and risk life, money, property and family?
Read also "A Train in Winter" by Caroline Moorehead if this DVD makes you think.
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on 22 July 2017
Jawdropping, a landmark in documentary making. 5 star.
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on 3 February 2013
Should be compulsory viewing -

a. for far right sympathisers and apologists, to shame them;

b. for all French people who could do with a critical llok atb their 20th c history; and

c. for the blinkered British who smugly believe that we might have behaved better after defeat in 1940.
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on 4 July 2017
A priceless historical record; needs to be taken in small doses, and backed up with more leisurely and ample documentation and background study
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