This Land Is Mine
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This Land Is Mine
Written by Dudley Nichols and directed by French expatriate director Jean Renoir, This Land is Mine is one of those "inspirational" wartime dramas that just don't hold up too well when seen today. The scene is an unnamed European country, recently overrun by the Nazis (this takes place during a "silent" opening sequence that's the best thing in the film). Charles Laughton plays Albert Lory, a mama's-boy schoolmaster who is the object of his students' ridicule. A craven coward, Lory is held responsible when resistance fighter Paul Martin (Kent Smith), the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Jean Renoir's 1943 film has its passionate defenders; the unfortunate thing, though, is that it needs them."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fails to be as inspirational when viewed today as it probably was during its day."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The best film of Renoir's wartime American exile is a moving tirade against Nazism that packs quite an emotional punch."
‑ , Film4
"One of his quietest and least startling."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It moves along like a well-oiled machine until the devestating final act ties all of the smaller stories together, making it's point without being overbearing or obvious."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"It should have been stronger drama than it is. But for the points it does make and its concept of man as a continuing vessel for freedom's fire, it is certainly well worth seeing. It comes close, even if doesn't quite hit the mark."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"There is no black and white, no good or evil. There is only grey, and, in that grey area, an understanding of the frailty of human nature."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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