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A.k.a.
The Sorrow and the Pity
Year
1969
Runtime
251 min.
Director
Marcel Ophüls
Genres
War, History, Documentary
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
2,864
Checks
1,166
Favs
113
Dislikes
12
Favs/checks
9.7% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
9:1
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  1. the3rdman's avatar

    the3rdman

    An astonishing examination of the complexities of Vichy France and its legacy that dismantles de Gaulle's myth of "a nation of resistors." It locates the individual, human element often submerged under grand narratives of vilification and validation. Perhaps the most fascinating case is the aristocrat de la Maziere, who discusses candidly the motivations behind his joining of the German war effort. A crucial document that marked a shift in French perceptions of the war, only falling short of definitive because of its nearly total lack of female perspectives--an unfortunate and perplexing area of silence. 10 years 11 months ago
  2. OOOO's avatar

    OOOO

    Take a drink every time someone makes an excuse for having been a Nazi, or a Nazi sympathizer. 4 years 3 months ago
  3. jarmel's avatar

    jarmel

    Astonishing and dramatic! 14 years 1 month ago
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  2. This movie ranks #13 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
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  3. This movie ranks #41 in IMDb's Documentary Top 50
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  5. This movie ranks #80 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
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  10. This movie ranks #805 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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