L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows)
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L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows)
In this war drama set during the French Resistance of WW II, a courageous fighter escapes Gestapo headquarters and returns to Marseille. There he and his gang capture a traitor and throttle him. They then try to rescue a Resistance fighter in Lyons. As they do so, the hero is again captured and his partner killed. Again the hero escapes just before he is executed. He then finds that a female partner has been captured. To avoid having her daughter forced to work in a Nazi brothel, the woman has informed upon the others. She is then released and subsequently killed by another Resistance fighter… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As close to a masterpiece as any film you're likely to see this year."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
""Jean-Pierre Melville cherishes paradox and free thinking," and both elements are on beautiful display in his masterpiece."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"a stunning, globetrotting spy masterpiece"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"It's hard to believe that Melville's 1969 masterpiece--one of the most accurate chronicles of the French Resistance--never got released in the US until 2006; Splendidly acted, this film draws on the helmer's own experience."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A film to be seen and savored for its moral magnitude."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"For anyone interested in the impact of war on ordinary men, Army of Shadows proves a sobering and invaluable experience."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"one of those blessed pictures in which all elements, from its writing through to its editing, coalesce into a work of profound philosophical and emotional unity"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Rich in the elegance, assurance and quasi-formality that often define Melville's style."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Although it has several suspenseful sequences, "Shadows" is not a spy thriller, precisely. It's much more along the lines of a melancholy mood piece..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The glacial pacing can be an irritant as the film unfolds -- I repeatedly wanted to speed things up -- but Army of Shadows won't leave you alone after you've seen it."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This memorable movie movingly pays tribute to those who chose not to remain silent, to those ordinary men and women who chose to do extraordinary things... from the shadows."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"As bleak as it is compelling, it will leave you wondering if these freedom fighters haven't done more damage to each other than they have to the Nazi aggressors."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The fascination comes in minute observation of the Resistance soldiers' mannerisms, demeanor and interaction."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A superb contribution from an A-class film-maker."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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