Le Silence de la Mer Magnet of Doom Two Men in Manhattan Les Enfants Terribles Rocco and His Brothers Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Philippe Gerbier Paul Meurisse Luc Jardie Jean-Pierre Cassel Felix Lepercq Christian Barbier Colonel Passy Alain Dekok Commander of the camp Alain Libolt Paul Dounat Jean-Marie Robain Baron de Ferte Talloire Albert Michel Edit Storyline France, , under German occupation. Edit Details Official Sites: Mono Dolby Digital restoration.
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Edit Did You Know? Trivia During the shooting of this film, Lino Ventura and the director Jean-Pierre Melville did not speak to each other. They only communicated through assistants.
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Goofs In the scene where the prisoners share cigarettes amongst each other, one of the man saves his cigarette for later and puts it behind his right ear. In the next shot of him, the cigarette isn't there, but we see him picking it from behind his ear just a few seconds later. Quotes Claude Ullmann dit 'Le Masque': Still thinking about the others?
No, I was thinking of the officer who was sure I'd run too. Like a scared rabbit Disguised as Germans, Mathilde, Le Masque , and Bison use forged papers ordering Lepercq's transfer to a different detention facility as a ruse to rescue him. Their plan fails when the prison doctor pronounces Lepercq unfit for transport. Having seen during the rescue attempt that the Gestapo are displaying his photo as a wanted man, Mathilde urges Gerbier to escape to London, but he refuses, saying that there is no-one to take his place in the growing Resistance.
Shortly afterwards Gerbier is swept up in a raid by Vichy police and handed over to the Germans. He and his cellmates are due for execution, but subjected to an SS officer's sadistic game: As the shooting starts, Mathilde's team toss smoke bombs to block the Germans' view, then throw a line to Gerbier who narrowly escapes. Gerbier spends a month alone in an abandoned farmhouse deep in the countryside.
Luc Jardie arrives to seek his advice following the arrest of Mathilde. They fear she has been forced to reveal the identities of her confederates because the Nazis have threatened her teenage daughter. Luc Jardie hides when Le Masque and Bison arrive.
Flashback: Army of Shadows (1969), Jean-Pierre Melville’s French Resistance masterpiece
Gerbier orders Mathilde's immediate execution, but Bison refuses to carry out the order and swears to prevent Gerbier from killing her. Jardie emerges and convinces Bison that Mathilde is incapable of suicide but expects them to kill her. Later, Luc Jardie reveals to Gerbier that the argument he presented to Bison is purely speculative. Jardie and his team pull to a stop on a Paris street where they have located Mathilde.
Bison shoots her twice. As the film ends, text screens reveal the eventual fate of the four men, dead by suicide or killed by the Nazis. In Studiocanal Collection released a special Blu-ray edition including bonus documentary and booklet. When it was originally released in France in , the movie, coming shortly after the events of May 68 , had a poor critical reception because of the political context: De Gaulle was rather unappreciated at the time, and the glorification of the resistance had become taboo during the Algerian War.
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Jean-Pierre Grumbach he would eventually change his name to Melville to honor the American author of Moby Dick fought during World War II, first in the French army and then in the Resistance; those experiences would often inspire his work to come. After the war ended, he pursued his love of film with dogged obsession.
Though a lover of classical studio directors William Wyler and John Huston among them , Melville worked mostly independently, even building his own studio.
It was this fierce do-it-yourself attitude, and such startling, uncompromising films as Les enfants terribles and Bob le flambeur , that appealed to the filmmakers of the French New Wave, who adopted Melville as a godfather of sorts Godard even famously gave him a cameo in Breathless. His most personal movie was Army of Shadows, which, though misunderstood upon its initial French release in , is now widely considered a masterpiece.
Melville died of a heart attack in at the age of fifty-five. Special Features High-definition digital transfer of the restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Optional Dolby Digital Stereo 2.