Army of Shadows

by Jean-Pierre Melville 2h30min France 1969
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Army of Shadows
by Jean-Pierre Melville

France, 1942, under German occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is a French Resistance commandant. Denounced by a French collaborator, he is interned in a concentration camp. He manages to escape, and rejoins his network in Marseille, where he has the traitor executed. This movie reveals rigorously and austerely what life was like in the French Resistance: the solitude and fear of its members; their relationships with one another; the constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo; the Resistance command structure and the way its orders were carried out.

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  • Lino Ventura : Philippe Gerbier
  • Simone Signoret : Mathilde
  • Jean-Pierre Cassel : Jean-François
  • Paul Meurisse : Luc Jardie
  • And with: Serge Reggiani, Paul Crauchet, Claude Mann, Christian Barbier


  • Director Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Scenario Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Original work author Joseph Kessel
  • Photo director Pierre Lhomme
  • Set Design Théobald Meurisse
  • Costume Design Colette Baudot
  • Sound Jacques Carrère
  • Editing Françoise Bonnot
  • Original music Eric Demarsan
  • Producer Jacques Dorfmann
  • Production Compagny Fono Roma, Les Films Corona
  • Distributor Studiocanal

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,85:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1969
  • Release date for France09/12/1969
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageFrench
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