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The Sorrow and the Pity

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Genres: Documentary, History, War
Starring: Alexis and Louise Grave, Pierre Mendès-France, Sir Anthony Eden, Georges Bidault
Director: Marcel Ophuls
Plot Synopsis:

From its first release at an underground theater in Paris, this account of France’s occupation under the Nazi regime has been acclaimed as one of the most moving and influential films ever made. Director Marcel Ophuls interviewed the residents of Clermont-Ferrand who remembered the occupation, as well as government officials, writers, farmers, artists, and German veterans. Here, in their own words, is the story of how ordinary citizens and leaders alike behaved under military siege. Originally refused by French TV, the film garnered international success and acclaim – including an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary – while shattering the myth of an undivided and universally resistant France under the Vichy government. A triumph of on-the-ground filmmaking, The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) remains gripping, appalling, and exhilarating for its unflinching view of humanity.

Special Features:
• Marcel Ophuls Visual History (40 minutes, courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, ©2017 A.M.P.A.S.)
• Re-release trailer

  • Release Details
    Release Date: May 9th, 2023
    Movie Release Year: 1969
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Milestone
  • Technical Specs
    Length:259 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.66:1
    Audio Formats:French
    Subtitles/Captions:English
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