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Le Silence de la Mer

1949
Romance
Drama
1h 27m
In a small town in occupied France in 1941, the German officer, Werner Von Ebrennac is billeted in the house of the uncle and his niece... (imdb)
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Le Silence de la Mer

1949
Romance
Drama
1h 27m
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Rated 10 Nov 2014
5
93rd
Don't be fooled by the guise of civility; fascism is, at the very least, to be excluded from civil discourse. Even if the prose is elegant, it may be redundant against such succinct imagery. The actors are deliberate, Bressonian, accentuated under deep textures of light: pale snowscapes, a flickering fireplace, the long cast of a Nazi's shadow - naive and sincere though he may individually be - the specter of fascism ever-present behind him. It's reminiscent of the most expressive silent films.
Rated 05 Nov 2021
70
96th
Probable one of the most subtle Nazi tales put on screen. More a philosophical and silent feel to this home occupation. Designed to make you think. And it does.
Rated 19 May 2013
80
80th
The silent treatment at its finest.
Rated 14 Oct 2016
84
73rd
Quiet, contained WWII drama hinges mostly on Vernon's devastating performance -- the extent to which he is a true party member vs victim of circumstance 'making the best of it' is an intriguing ambiguity which keeps the film ticking beyond it's overly artificial and contrived set-up -- the 'silent treatment' seems overdone and unconvincing, and overuse of droning narration from Robian robs some scenes of their inherent power.
Rated 19 Sep 2013
89
97th
88.500
Rated 07 May 2012
87
85th
87.000
Rated 14 Aug 2007
63
22nd
Not much to say. It really left no impression on me at all. It's okay, I guess.
Rated 03 Oct 2020
65
42nd
You can definitely see how Melville would go on to be one of the greats in noir, but the script is a bit too novel-esque for his sparse style. The book itself is kinda awkward politically - fascism is bad because it ruins culture? Might not have your priorities straight there.
Rated 03 Feb 2021
3
72nd
For me this is Melville's best. His other works where he wandered into the worlds of heists and gangsters did not interest me in the least. Leon Morin was good too.
Rated 27 Jan 2022
77
54th
Driven almost entirely by mood which both enriches and inhibits the impression this film leaves.
Rated 30 Jul 2022
88
84th
Masterful direction and storytelling. For someone so close to the material presented, he demonstrates the maturity of a veteran filmmaker in his debut. Kind of incredible how restrained and detailed the film is all at once.
Rated 23 Apr 2024
92
91st
O silêncio do mar estreava há 75 anos na França. Esplendoroso para uma estreia, Melville é do clube seleto de cineastas que se mostraram gênios desde o primeiro momento, só não dou 5 estrelas porque a possibilidade de um nazi ser tão cego a ponto de não enxergar o plano mestre do Reich e forçar demais na licença poética. Box Versátil Nouvelle Vague Volume 2.

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