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Le Silence de la mer

  • Film
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Time Out says

Melville's extraordinary first feature, an adaptation of Vercors' classic novella about the French Resistance, is in effect a triangular drama in which two people don't speak. A German officer (Vernon), convalescing from a wound, is billeted on an elderly Frenchman (Robain) and his niece (Stéphane). Respecting their obstinate refusal to address the hated invader, he meets their silence with a series of monologues, apparently ignored, in which he recalls his life before the war and all the things he values; but what he reveals about himself causes the girl to fall in love, without being able to declare her feelings. Filmed in the most daring way imaginable, using a new cinematic language of transient expressions and glances, the film was a root influence on Bresson and the whole French New Wave. CPea.
Written by CPea

Release Details

  • Duration:95 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Screenwriter:Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Cast:
    • Howard Vernon
    • Nicole Stéphane
    • Jean-Marie Robain
    • Ami Aroe
    • Denis Sadier
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