Le Silence de la Mer
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Le Silence de la Mer was based upon a popular wartime "underground" novel by Vercours. Most of the film is confined to the living room of a bourgeois French family. Howard Vernon plays Von Ebrennae, a cultured Nazi officer who is billeted in this household. As the residents stare at him in mute contempt, Von Ebrennae eloquently articulates his philosophy of life, which turns out to be pretty odious at times. Director Jean-Pierre Melville assembled La Silence de la Mer outside the established French film industry, using a non-union cast and crew and adapting the Vercours novel without… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Filmed in the most daring way imaginable, using a new cinematic language of transient expressions and glances, the film was a root influence on Bresson and the whole French New Wave."
‑ , Time Out
"Jean-Pierre Melville's great, too little-remembered debut, and a classic example of circumstance leading to aesthetic advance."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"if the niece's silence gives intimate expression to a whole nation's resistance, Werner too, far from being demonised as a villain, himself becomes a dramatic embodiment of the tensions within occupied France."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Requisite viewing for any student of post-war French cinema."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The Occupation and its effects on people's emotional lives are recurrent themes in Melville's work, which has inspired the likes of Bresson, Astruc, Resnais and Rohmer."
‑ , Film4
"Melville's film is stimulating and perplexing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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