The Sorrow and the Pity

Le Chagrin et la pitié
by Marcel Ophüls 4h7min France 1969
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The Sorrow and the Pity
by Marcel Ophüls

Clermont-Ferrand and the Auvergne region from 1940 to 1945; a film recounting war, defeat, German Occupation, a triumphant Resistance movement, and the end of the war. Eye-witness accounts by men and women who experienced the events are interwoven with French, English and German newsreels. In a deliberately jumbled chronology, the filmmaker has breathed life into the great events of the time and into the daily atmosphere of this tragic period in European history.

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  • Georges Bidault : Lui-même
  • Matthäus Bleibinger : Lui-même
  • Charles Braun : Lui-même


  • Director Marcel Ophüls
  • Scenario Marcel Ophüls, André Harris
  • Photo director André Gazut, Jürgen Thieme
  • Sound Bernard Migy
  • Sound mix Wolfgang Schröter
  • Editing Claude Vajda
  • Producer Charles-Henri Favrod, André Harris, Alain de Sedouy
  • Production Compagny NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Société Suisse de Radiodiffusion et Télévision (SSR), Télévision Rencontre
  • Distributor Gaumont

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,33:1
  • Printed film format16 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1969
  • Release date for France04/05/1971
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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