Safe Conduct (Laissez-passer)
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During the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, the nation's movie studios continued to operate; some filmmakers and technicians simply went along with what their new leaders demanded in hopes keeping themselves and their families safe, while others sought to subvert the messages of their captors through their work. Safe Conduct, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, is a fact-based period drama which examines two men working for a Parisian film company during 1942 and 1943, as well as their friends, family, and loved ones. Jean Devaivre (played by Jacques Gamblin) is an assistant… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Longer than 2 1/2 hours, there's too much to sort out and the confusion becomes annoying."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"There's an epic here, but you have to put it together yourself."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Controversial film about art under occupation"
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Obsessively detailed and impeccably observed, the film is bursting with the stuff of everyday life and curious wartime anecdotes."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"With a large cast representing a broad cross-section, Tavernier's film bounds along with the rat-a-tat energy of "His Girl Friday," maintaining a light touch while tackling serious themes."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"[While The Last Metro] was more melodramatic, confined to a single theater company and its strategies and deceptions, while Tavernier is more concerned with the entire period of history."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Though it runs 163 minutes, Safe Conduct is anything but languorous. It's packed to bursting with incident, and with scores of characters, some fictional, some from history."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"[Director] Tavernier takes his time in capturing this time period - at the expense of a concise narrative and often the viewer's interest."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Alain Choquart's camera barely stops moving, portraying both the turmoil of the time and giving Conduct a perpetual sense of urgency."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"There's an excellent 90-minute film here; unfortunately, it runs for 170."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"You could love Safe Conduct (Laissez Passer) for being a subtitled French movie that is 170 minutes long. You could hate it for the same reason."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"Tavernier's fatal flaw is letting the film bog down in studio politics and the filmmaking process, something which hasn't carried a "serious" film since The Player."
‑ Christopher Null,
"["Safe Conduct"] is a long movie at 163 minutes but it fills the time with drama, romance, tragedy, bravery, political intrigue, partisans and sabotage. Viva le Resistance!"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It might be 'easier' to watch on video at home, but that shouldn't stop die-hard French film connoisseurs from going out and enjoying the big-screen experience."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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