Army of Shadows Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows

Jean-Pierre Melville

 
Army of Shadows (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1969
  • 145 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #385

This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime.

Cast

Philippe Gerbier Lino Ventura
Luc Jardie Paul Meurisse
MathildeSimone Signoret
Jean-François Jean-Pierre Cassel
Le masqueClaude Mann
FélixPaul Crauchet
Le bisonChristian Barbier

Credits

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital transfer of the 2004 restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Optional Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 soundtrack (DVD edition); optional DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack (Blu-ray edition)
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Ginette Vincendeau
  • Interviews with Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
  • On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
  • Jean-Pierre Melville et “L’armée des ombres” (2002), a short program on the director and his film
  • Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of German-occupied France
  • Film restoration demonstration by Lhomme
  • Theatrical trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critic Amy Taubin and historian Robert O. Paxton, as well as excerpts from Rui Nogueira’s Melville on Melville

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Army of Shadows: Out of the Shadows

By Amy TaubinJanuary 11, 2011

Beware, major spoilers ahead. Elegant, brutal, anxiety-provoking, and overwhelmingly sad, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Melville’s French Resistance

By Robert O. PaxtonJanuary 11, 2011

Jean-Pierre Melville’s film Army of Shadows (1969) gives a dramatic account of the extreme . . . Read more »

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Clippings

Lino Item

January 26, 2011

In a new article for Moving Image Source, critic and Cineaste editor Richard Porton peeks . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Army of Shadows: Out of the Shadows

By Amy TaubinJanuary 11, 2011

Beware, major spoilers ahead. Elegant, brutal, anxiety-provoking, and overwhelmingly sad, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Melville’s French Resistance

By Robert O. PaxtonJanuary 11, 2011

Jean-Pierre Melville’s film Army of Shadows (1969) gives a dramatic account of the extreme . . . Read more »


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Press Notes

Press Notes: Celebrating Rialto Pictures

November 20, 2008

Criterion’s release of 10 Years of Rialto Pictures has critics giving thanks to the esteemed . . . Read more »

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Army of Shadows (Criterion DVD)

DVD

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