Le Silence de la Mer
Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 22, 1949
DVD Release Date: February 7, 1997
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Time Out

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.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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.

Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Requisite viewing for any student of post-war French cinema.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

Melville called it an "anti-cinematic" film, and he creates the expressiveness in what remains unspoken, the glances and gestures that take on grand drama in the minimalist presentation.

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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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Melville's film is stimulating and perplexing.

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Eric Melin

Although the movie's narrative and acting style are typical of older films, "Le Silence de la Mer" has a modern sensibility and feel, embracing subtlety and ambiguity in a way that was idiosyncratic at the time.

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Fernando F. Croce

Jean-Pierre Melville's great, too little-remembered debut, and a classic example of circumstance leading to aesthetic advance.

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Chris Browning
Le Silence de la Mer was often called an anti-cinematic film by it's aspiring new Director, Jean-Pierre Melville. He went outside the film industry in… More