This Land Is Mine

Renoir's second American film, made in the same brutal year as Stalingrad and El Alamein, is one of his quietest and least startling, featuring Laughton as a timid village schoolteacher 'somewhere in occupied Europe' who muddles his way to martyrdom. Both Laughton - happier in this role than many - and O'Hara are fine, but the film's main attractions remain the elegant Renoir set-ups (some recalling La BĂȘte Humaine) and the script's unusual ethical stance: not that Nazism was wrong because it denied free enterprise, but that it was wrong because it stood against the possibility of Socialism, human dignity, and political emancipation.

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Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jean Renoir
Screenwriter: Jean Renoir, Dudley Nichols
Cast: Kent Smith
Walter Slezak
George Coulouris
Charles Laughton
Una O'Connor
Philip Merivale
George Sanders
Maureen O'Hara

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