Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura) finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.
|Original Title||:||L'Armée des ombres|
|Release Date||:||September 11, 1969|
|Production Company||:||Fono Roma, Les Films Corona, The Criterion Collection|
|Production Countries||:||France, Italy|
|Writers||:||Joseph Kessel, Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Casts||:||Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Paul Crauchet, Christian Barbier, Claude Mann, Alain Libolt, Alain Mottet, Alain Decock, Serge Reggiani|
|Plot Keywords||:||paris, concentration camp, world war ii, german, czech, nazis, french resistance, german occupation|
This is probably one of the best fiction movies ever made on the French resistance during Worl War II. Far from the usual romantic cliches showing handsome young men playing tricks with the Nazis and falling in love with sublime women, the substance of the movie is reality. It depicts a "shadow army" made of courageous men who are ready to sacrifice their lives but are aware of the huge cost they will eventually have to pay. It shows the cruel and sometimes inhuman choices they have to make in order to survive. This is a very useful movie that gives a real hint of what resistance truly was.