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  1. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    A home invasion movie of the strangest kind, where a Nazi occupier and his defiantly stoic "hosts" reach a dark, complex understanding. It has minimal ingredients, so credit to Melville for the formal tinkering he manages. Its chief flaw is academicism—this is emotion as theory, more satisfying as experiment than drama. But it lingers as an early sign of the repressed, precise moral parables that fascinated him.

  2. EdieEmm's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    I’ve seen a probably very high number of films about power dynamics; go figure it's the one with the nazi that takes the subtle, understated approach. Visually striking composition/cinematography that in every case was magnificent, even as I felt frustrated that it wasn't doing justice to all the rich, disturbing nuance of the story.* I could imagine it being brutal as a play (or Fassbinder film!) Great debut! 3.75

  3. Freddie's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Loved the parabolic poeticism, the understatedness and the elegance of Henri Decaë's cinematography. One of the greatest directorial debuts of all time.

  4. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

  5. mubianer's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    The best Melville film I have seen so far, and so much more emotional than his later, more famous films. A German officer (looking like Klaus Kinski) is an unwelcome intruder in the house of a man (looking like the young Jean-Pierre Leaud as an old man with moustache) and his niece, who protest with silence. The German starts to doubt the Nazi project. DCP

  6. chanandre's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Vercors, Melville, Decaë, Stéphane, Robain. Nazis vs a village of silence.

  7. samuraiargento's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    una película sencillamente maravillosa; cruda, si. Pero el cuento original -que Melville respetó parrafo por parrafo- es un ejemplo de conciencia política: Vercours, su autor, lo escribió siendo miembro activo de la resistencia francesa antinazi, y sin embargo despega con pristina claridad lo alemán de lo nazi; visionario de la Europa que vendrá después del sacrificio feroz , resuma respeto por la cultura alemana.

  8. ninchok's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Very poetic, yet equally annoying.

  9. Loud Rocks's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

  10. FISCHER's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Une oeuvre de grande qualité, adaptée d'un puissant roman réalisée avec un minimum de moyens qui reste un excellent moment de cinéma... www.cinefiches.com

  11. Aardsy's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Great job by time-traveling Michael Shannon.

  12. ermete polpette's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

  13. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    An unusual and highly atmospheric chamber piece where formal simplicity enables genuine nuance in the subtle character interaction. Nevertheless it's very specifically of its time politically and as the action proceeds, the officer's monologues feel increasingly as if they belong to the writer rather than the character - we lose the more interesting ambiguity that characterises the early part of the film.

  14. Jonathan Smith's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    A tremendously absorbing debut from Melville. Despite being heavily reliant on monologues & a solo location, there's a lofty gravitas to proceedings. Howard Vernon, bathed in an irresistible glow, is spellbinding as the deluded German officer musing on life, culture & France to his silent hosts. The mysterious tale unravels through Melville's energetic camera movements that flicker between flames & moon-like stares.

  15. DrFirestone's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Set in France, 1941, the film is a detailed analysis of the occupant - a German officer, portrayed as complex, conflicted, humane and his relation with a French family, worth considering that it was filmed in 1949, when the memories were still fresh and wounds open. I was surprised by the interesting and original opening. Impressive cinematography, strong performances.

  16. Thomas Dods's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Interesting mix of narration and silent cinema style acting. A film where a glance or a knowing look says everything. Everything is expertly framed and it is an interesting historical document on French feeling towards German occupation so soon after the war. Did Tarrantino "borrow" the Nazi captain for Inglorious Basterds?

  17. Ollie's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Jean-Pierre Melville's first film is perhaps not as stylistically recognisable as his later works, but 'Le Silence De La Mer' still demonstrates masterful minimalism and offers compelling character studies.

  18. Magic Lantern Alison's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Marvellous. It's virtually a monologue but the simplicity of the story makes it profound. It's about ideas not action.

  19. LASHLEY's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    if the world hated you could you love yourself could you love another

  20. keithinhull's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    This was quite a remarkable film and it it was brave to make it in 1949

  21. raggiodisole's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Wonderful filmmaking, a test of your moral and emotional compass.

  22. iamgarethjones's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Isn't it awful when a stranger turns up to live in your house uninvited and to top it all off you find out that they are a Nazi? Isn't it awful that they keep talking to you and you stay silent in the hope that they'll get the hint and leave? Isn't it funny how things can turn out?

  23. bagno's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

  24. Mike Jempson's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Excellent. Deserves wider viewing. It also reminded me of Liz Crow's Resistance series. http://www.roaring-girl.com/work/resistance/

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