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Dieguito's avatar


Very poetic! Magnificent movie, definitely should be on more lists.
7 years 5 months ago
jamie_atp's avatar


Should be in many many more lists
8 years 10 months ago
ClassicLady's avatar


Howard Vernon looks a lot like Boris Karlof. Very moving movie.
5 years 2 months ago
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6 years 7 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


The great Jean-Pierre Melville's first feature was Le silence de la mer (The Silence of the Sea), based on a book published at no small perild during World War II in occupied France. It tells an unusual story of resistance as an older gentleman and his niece are forced to take a German officer as a boarder. They decide they will simply not acknowledge him and never speak a word in his presence. The Francophile German is quite talkative however, and his head in the clouds, believes the result of the war will be beneficial for France as much as Germany, so it's right that this often plays as a ghost story, because he's a relic in his romantic notions and divorced from the tangible world of Nazi atrocity. We understand the French characters through the uncle's narration, pulled directly from the book's precise and elegant prose, and though Howard Vernon's Werner is magnetic and memorable as a kind of blind man who thinks he is good despite his complicity with evil, a lot of the more subtle acting is on the shoulders of Nicole St├ęphane and Jean-Marie Robain. We feel their fear, their resolve, their growing sympathy for the insidious intruder over the months, and thus their moral and patriotic dilemma. As a lesson in resistance that still works today, it's about not engaging with false premises, which modern society has completely failed to do. A great piece of spare Spartan cinema.
1 week 6 days ago
Melvelet's avatar


Silence (which I guess is a defining element in Melville's works, at least of those I've seen) is rather an element of the plot than a mood this time. So I didn't quite get that 'Melville' feeling.
5 years 8 months ago
armyofshadows's avatar


It's really quite good, very worthy of Melville's other work and an excellent addition to his films.
6 years 2 months ago
Buksemannen's avatar


Really good.
8 years 5 months ago
jarmel's avatar


very good movie.
8 years 6 months ago
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