Army of Shadows(Movie, 1969)

Original title: "L'Armée des ombres" (French/FR)
2h 27min | Genres: War, Drama, Thriller
Army of ShadowsRating: 4.0/5 (with 139 votes)
Army of Shadows (French: L'armée des ombres) is a 1969 French drama-suspense film written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. It is a film adaptation of Joseph Kessel's 1943 book of the same name, which blends Kessel's own experiences as a member of the French Resistance with fictionalized versions of other Resistance members. Army of Shadows follows a small group of Resistance fighters as they move between safe houses, work with the Allied militaries, kill informers, and attempt to evade the capture and execution that they know is their most likely fate. While portraying its characters as heroic, the film presents a bleak, unromantic view of the Resistance. At the time of its initial release in France, Army of Shadows was not well received or widely seen. In the wake of the events of May 1968, French critics denounced the film for its perceived glorification of Charles de Gaulle; at the time, American art-film programmers took their cues from Cahiers du cinéma, which had attacked the film on this basis. Because of this, it was not released in the United States for almost forty years. In the mid-1990s Cahiers du cinéma published a reappraisal of the film and Melville's work ... ()
Movie poster of Army of Shadows

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About Army of Shadows

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier 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.

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Trailer for Army of Shadows + Featurettes/Teaser/Clips

Official Trailer(Trailer, 1:54)

Additional Information

Production countries: France, Italy
Shot in: Lyon, Paris, Nice
Plays in: London, Paris, Lyon, Marseille
Original language: French (FR)
Spoken languages: German (DE), English (EN), French (FR)
Translated into 20 languages: Catalan (CA), Czech (CS), Danish (DA), German (DE), English (EN), Spanish (ES), Finnish (FI), French (FR), Hebrew (HE), Hungarian (HU), Italian (IT), Korean (KO), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Portuguese (PT), Russian (RU), Slovak (SK), Swedish (SV), Turkish (TR), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 09/10/1969
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"O Exército das Sombras"
"L'armée des ombres"
"그림자 군단"
"Een Leger Vecht in de Schaduw"
"Армия теней"
"Army In The Shadows"

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WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:18504, Added: 02/22/2018, Last updated: 02/23/2020