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

    Very poetic, yet equally annoying.

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

  3. 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

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

    Great job by time-traveling Michael Shannon.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 Everything is expertly framed and it is an interesting historical document on French feeling towards German occupation so soon after the war.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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

  13. keithinhull@gmail.com'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

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

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

  15. Gareth Jones'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?

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

  17. m.jempson@btinternet.com'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/

  18. 'king Harold's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

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

    A brilliant, low-key and utterly devastating cry against war and Nazism. Incredible acting, cinematography and use of rhythmic story to create devastating moments out of the subtlest of details. I cried several times. "Je vous souhaite bonne nuit"

  20. DanB3000's rating of the film Le silence de la mer

    Great film, historically remarkable in that it was filmed so soon after the war when feelings must have been raw. Drops one point for occasional melodrama. Nicole Stephane's biography is worth checking out!

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

    Crass, clunky, embarrassing. Impossible to imagine that the daughter is in any way taken in by the officer (his name escapes me). The scene where the narrator visits the officer at work is admittedly fairly amazing, and there are a few brilliant stylistic flourishes. But the whole thing is just too clumsy and heavy handed. I loathed it

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

    an unusual first film from melville, all atmosphere and little narrative, with two characters who are almost silent and one who cannot stop talking. there seems to be almost a love story, or at least something never quite revealed. wonderful photography of the faces of the three actors.

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

    Great film. Beautifully shot and well observed. Quiet, calm but deep. Thought-provoking and memorable.

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

    A rare perspective of a Nazi's dawning realisation of what he has signed up for and the difference between his vision of the world and that of his ruthless colleagues. Neither justifications for power over others are democratic and one served the other. Surreal direction.

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