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Army of Shadows
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Army-of-Shadows
Army-of-Shadows

Army of Shadows

1969
Drama, War
2h 25m
France, 1942, during the occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is one of the French Resistance's chiefs. Given away by a traitor, he is interned in a camp. (imdb)
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93rd
9
I've never seen a film nail what it means to be afraid as much as this one did. The fear was palpable. Very sad and moving story and very worthy of all the praise it gets. The cinematography is unparalleled, almost becoming its own character in the film. Melville owns.
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83rd
4
Although the acting is brilliant, the real stars of this uncompromisingly bleak, punctiliously crafted war drama are Melville and his cinematographers. Each scene and each shot proves a meticulous attention to detail. My only complaint is the lack of emotional investment in some of the characters.
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89th
78
A very good dramatisation of a situation in which it becomes increasingly impossible to decide whether actions and decisions are absolutely meaningful and significant or utterly meaningless and futile.
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91st
5
An extremely harrowing and depressing film. Few movies have such a strong sense of futility, in which characters move ahead with their plans despite their (and the viewers') knowledge that they will fail, and are likely to die. Melville's direction - that combination of detailed perfectionism and naturalism that makes him so compelling to me - is at its best here; every shot, every frame, every camera movement, seems absolutely perfect.
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93rd
5
Melville would return one last time to the Nazi occupation of France, this time filming it with the formalist sensibilities he had grown to ritualize in numerous gangster films. It is bleak and austere, a hushed fatalism painted with muted colors.
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