Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War
1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents, the Nazis commandeer a house for one of their officers, Lt. Werner von ... See full summary »
According to French cinema scholar Denitza Bantcheva, who wrote a book about the filmmaker, Jean-Pierre Melville first read the 1942 novel by Vercors (Jean Bruller), upon which this film is based, not in the original French, but in a hastily-prepared English translation in 1943 in London, to which Melville had temporarily fled due to his activities in the French Resistance. He immediately decided that his first feature film would be an adaptation of this book. In France itself, the book had to be distributed clandestinely, due to the fact that Vercors was himself a member of the Resistance.
French, German, English
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