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Army of Shadows

Spine #385



Release:
Apr 7, 2020
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Army of Shadows

Other Versions:

Original release

Blu-ray

2020 DVD


Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville
Licensor: Studio Canal




The most personal film by the underworld poet Jean-Pierre Melville, who had participated in the French Resistance himself, this tragic masterpiece, based on a novel by Joseph Kessel, recounts the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought in the Resistance. Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret star as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime. Long underappreciated in France and unseen in the United States, the atmospheric and gripping thriller Army of Shadows is now widely recognized as the summit of Melville’s career, channeling the exquisite minimalism of his gangster films to create an unsparing tale of defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Supplements
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Ginette Vincendeau
  • Interviews with Pierre Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
  • On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
  • Jean-Pierre Melville et “L’armée des ombres” (2005), a short program on the director and his film
  • Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of German-occupied France
  • Film restoration demonstration by Pierre Lhomme
  • Theatrical trailers
  • A booklet featuring new essays by critic Amy Taubin and historian Robert O. Paxton, as well as excerpts from Rui Nogueria’s Melville on Melville

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