Le chagrin et la pitié (1969)
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An astonishing examination of the complexities of Vichy France and its legacy that dismantles de Gaulle's myth of "a nation of resistors." It locates the individual, human element often submerged under grand narratives of vilification and validation. Perhaps the most fascinating case is the aristocrat de la Maziere, who discusses candidly the motivations behind his joining of the German war effort. A crucial document that marked a shift in French perceptions of the war, only falling short of definitive because of its nearly total lack of female perspectives--an unfortunate and perplexing area of silence.
Astonishing and dramatic!
Take a drink every time someone makes an excuse for having been a Nazi, or a Nazi sympathizer.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!
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This movie ranks #11 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #13 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
This movie ranks #57 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
This movie ranks #80 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #170 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #412 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #426 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #499 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #508 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #805 in The New York Times's Book of Movies