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4,177 Ratings

Army of Shadows

L'armée des ombres

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


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.

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Army of Shadows Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Awards & Festivals

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2006 | Nominee: Best Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

2006 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2006 | Winner: Special Citation

National Society of Film Critics Awards

2007 | Winner: Special Award

The works of Melville and Bresson both are full of despair, but Army of Shadows is devastating. I didn’t even want to admit at first that it’s a great film, but now I think it may be Melville’s best… I’ve also always preferred his black-and-white features to his more dandyish color ones, but here his use of color is so subdued I almost remember the film in black and white.
May 26, 2006
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Instead of a conventionally arching story structure, Melville combines two elements he excels at better than almost any other director: oppressively palpable tonal atmosphere, via mise-en-scène, and what could be called “sequence” creation, the extended temporal and spatial exploration of a singular event.
May 01, 2006
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Dark as pitch and utterly without compromise… [Army of Shadows] is bleak and beautiful by turns, that rare work of art that thrills the senses and the mind.
April 28, 2006
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