L’Armee des ombres (Army of Shadows) (1969)

I saw the 2006 re-release of L’Armee des ombres and it was my introduction into Melville and French film.  The movie starts off slow and progressively picks up steam, always keeping the viewer on their toes and never knowing who to trust.  Melville’s L’Armee des ombres is a dreary and lonely look at resistance and revolution.  Also, Lino bears a distracting resemblance to Kevin Spacey, or is it just me?  This should be a must see if you are attracted to dark French films or are interested in finding out.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville

Cinematography: Pierre Lhomme, Walter Wottitz

Adapted by: Jean-Pierre Melville

Score by: Éric Demarsan

Starring: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Runtime: 2h 25m

Genre: War, Drama

Distributed by: Rialto Pictures


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