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Le silence de la mer

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Genres: Drama, Romance, War
Starring: Howard Vernon, Nicole Stéphane, Jean-Marie Robain
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Plot Synopsis:

Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. An idealistic, naive German officer is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence—their only form of resistance—is complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Decaë, with hushed eloquence, 'Le silence de la mer' is a fascinating tale of moral ambiguity that points the way toward Melville’s later films about resistance and the occupation ('Léon Morin,' 'Priest;' 'Army of Shadows') yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 28th, 2015
    MPAA Rating: Unrated
    Movie Release Year: 1949
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:99 Minutes
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.33:1
    Audio Formats:French LPCM Mono
    Special Features:24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (1946), Melville’s seventeen-minute first film
    New interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
    Interview with Melville from 1959
    PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
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