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Army of Shadows
8.8
/10
5,113 Ratings

ARMY OF SHADOWS

L'armée des ombres

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, Italy, 1969
Drama, War

Synopsis

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Although he escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseille and exacts his revenge on the informant, Philippe must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis.

Synopsis

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Although he escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseille and exacts his revenge on the informant, Philippe must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis.

Our take

While Jean-Pierre Melville’s brilliant style of genre cinema may seem modernist, detached and stoic, this masterwork may have you reconsider. The French auteur fought in the Resistance, a personal history which lends this thrilling tale of espionage, escape and betrayal with a deep, melancholy soul.