Le Chagrin et la Pitié

Film, Documentaries
An account of the Nazi occupation of France, with particular reference to the town of Clermont-Ferrand, this is an orthodox mixture of contemporary newsreels and present-day interviews. Those questioned include politicians, collaborators, résistants, a French admiral, a Wehrmacht captain, a British secret agent - and of course the man and woman in the street who concentrated on just getting through the thing. The mosaic is comprehensive, the documentation overwhelming, particularly regarding the nature and extent of collaboration. In France, of course, the film was dynamite. Other countries, other generations may - or may not - be in sympathy with Anthony Eden, as he firmly declines to condemn those placed in a predicament which he and his compatriots were spared.

By: BBa

Release details

Duration: 262 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Marcel Ophuls
Screenwriter: Marcel Ophuls, André Harris
Cast: Georges Bidault
Maurice Buckmaster
Sir Anthony Eden
Claude Lévy
Pierre Mendès-France
Walter Warlimont
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