Play Dates

September 9 & November 25        Berkeley, CA        BAMPFA
Rialto at 25

September 24        Miami, FL        BILL COSFORD CINEMA

Army of Shadows Play Dates

Illustration by Keiko Kimura


France, 1969
: Jean-Pierre Melville
Producer: Jacques Dorfmann
Cast: Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Screenwriter: Jean-Pierre Melville
Based on the novel Army of Shadows by Joseph Kessel
Cinematography: Pierre Lhomme
Music: Eric Demarsan
Genre: Drama, War
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 145 minutes

Philippe (Lino Ventura), aided by Resistance compatriots including maitresse of disguise Mathilde (Simone Signoret), goes underground in the face of the German Occupation – but the price of heroism can be truly horrific.

Awards and Recognition:
Best Foreign Film (New York Film Critics Circle, 2006)
Special Film Heritage Award (National Society of Film Critics Awards, 2007)
Special Citation (Los Angeles Film Critics Association, 2006)

Reviews and Quotes 2

— Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“Any moviegoers with a weakness for dry heroism, dark-toned humor, and storytelling of pantherish pace and grace — in short, lovers of cinema — should reach for their fedoras, turn up the collars of their coats, and sneak to this picture through a mist of rain... You are in the hands of a master.” 
— Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“Approaches its pulse-quickening tale of life in the underground in the same exacting way Melville rendered so many stories of life in the underworld."
— Scott Foundas

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