Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres)
Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres) (1969)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 12, 1969
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Originally made in 1969, this recently reissued classic is a masterful examination of the inner workings of the World War II resistance efforts.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

As close to a masterpiece as any film you're likely to see this year.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

"Jean-Pierre Melville cherishes paradox and free thinking," and both elements are on beautiful display in his masterpiece.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A film to be seen and savored for its moral magnitude.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

For anyone interested in the impact of war on ordinary men, Army of Shadows proves a sobering and invaluable experience.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The French Resistance is where this examination begins but there's not a single scene showing a train being blown up or lines being furtively cut in the… More
El Hombre Invisible
Heroism to Melville isn't the pretty picture Hollywood gives us in its' sanitized war films. This is a grim film where those pursuing a noble cause… More
Randy Tippy
Unembellished and matter-of-fact. Melville masterfully spotlights the French Resistance without martyring the Nazi regime that spawned it.
Bruce Bruce
This Movie is from the Criterion Collection, Spine Number 385. This movie was made 39 years ago, and was voted best film of 2006. About the French Resistance… More
danny d
a great depiction of french resistance, melville blends substance with his usual stylistic approach. the film falters at many points with a lack of clarity and… More
Michael Gildea
For the most part this movie is nooze fucking city! The first twenty minutes and the last half hour were the only parts of this movie that really had me going.… More